We've already posed the question, "Is Lake Marion the new Bamberg-Ehrhardt?" Meaning that they are the new pipeline school in South Carolina for high level college prospects each recruiting cycle. Their 2016 and 2017 classes are loaded and one of their top prospects is 2016 defensive tackle Jabari Ellis. At 6'5 286 pounds he's got great size, strength, and superb athleticism. We caught up with Ellis recently as he's the latest player to be featured in our "UP NEXT" series.
The talented d-lineman from Lake Marion gave us a rundown on his junior season this year and more.
"This season I had 76 tackles, 6 sacks, and 3 pass knockdowns," Ellis said.
Looking back over his junior season we asked him which game stood out to him as his most memorable?
"The Johnsonville game because we didn't know anything about them except that they had a big 6'5 320 pound lineman. People doubted us and me because I would had to face him. We were the #1 defense in our area and their team was known for scoring a lot of points. I had 2 sacks, 8 tackles, and 1 forced fumble. I had death in the family so I dedicated that game to him."
Being 6'5 286 pounds and putting up solid numbers this season the word is starting to get out about Ellis. He told us the schools he's already hearing from thus far.
Moving forward he says that he'd like to hear more from "Alabama, UNC, and Georgia."
The Lake Marion prospect already plans on camping with a trio of schools this off season as of right now. More could be added to his schedule if he gets more interest or invites.
"I plan on camping with Clemson, Georgia, and UNC."
Waiting on his first offer still Ellis says he feels like NC State or South Carolina could be the first schools to offer him possibly.
His goal for next season he says is to become the defensive player of the year. He patterns his game after a player that has also won that designation on higher levels.
"I try to pattern my game after Ndamukong Suh. I pattern my game after his because of his intensity and ability to play the game."
Ellis says during his junior season he was named All-Area 1st team defense and 2nd team offense.
He informed us that "education, style of play, atmosphere, coaching staff, facilities, and graduation rates" will all play vital roles in his decision making process for college.
Keep it right here with SCPrepNation.com for more updates with Jabari Ellis and other top prospects here in the Palmetto State. Check out his numbers in the weight room and find out how to follow us on Twitter below.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS...JABARI ELLIS
Bench press: 325 pounds
Squat: 485 pounds
Power clean: 325 pounds
Fastest 40 time: 4.85 seconds
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