Darlington FB Holds Two ACC Offers

Rome Ga. - Darlington High fullback/linebacker Derricus Ellis already has two ACC offers on the table and is getting plenty of interest from a number of other potential suitors.

Derricus Ellis is being recruited by a number of schools including Clemson, Georgia Tech, Florida State, Arkansas, Mississippi State, Indiana, Kansas State, Northwestern, and Notre Dame.

Duke and Wake Forest offered him recently and they are both recruiting him at both fullback and linebacker.

"I talk to Duke and Wake Forest a lot," said Ellis. "I got offers from both of those schools and I'm also getting interest from Clemson and Georgia Tech."

Ellis excelled on both sides of the ball this past season.  He rushed for 567 yards on 90 carries (6.4 avg) and ten touchdowns.  He is a big, bruising fullback with an excellent combination of size (6'2, 235) and speed (4.7).

"I feel like I'm a power back," said Ellis. "I like to burst through the hole and make people miss.  Our offense (Wing T) is based on the fullback running the ball, so I get a lot of carries."

Defensively, Ellis plays both outside linebacker and defensive end at Darlington, but is projected to be more of a linebacker on the next level.  As a junior, he collected 67 tackles, including 7 for a loss, 4 sacks, and forced 2 fumbles.  

"Most of last season, I played down at defensive end," he said. "We had a pretty good defensive line, but I guess we needed me more at defensive end than at linebacker.  I think I'll get more playing time at linebacker next year and I'm being recruited more as a linebacker."

"I'm meeting with a speed trainer right now to try and get a little bit faster.  I'm working out, but my main focus is to get faster."

Ellis is still undecided about his list of favorites.  Wake Forest may have the upper hand at this time.  The Deacs have already offered Ellis a scholarship and his brother, Chantz McClinic, is a safety at Wake Forest.

"I visited Georgia a few times and I like them a lot," said Ellis.  "My brother plays at Wake Forest, so I've been up there a few times.  I really like Wake.  I've been to Georgia Tech and Duke.  I really don't have a favorite. I'm just looking around right now."

When Ellis does decide on a school, what will be the most important factors in his decision?

"When I visit a school, I just look at the environment around it," said Ellis. "The school's academics will be really important to me.  I would like to get a good job after college.  Every player wants to have good fan support and a great atmosphere.  That's also very important."

He will be attending the Clemson junior day this Saturday and he is planning on going to a Florida State junior day later this month.

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