Height/Weight: 6-foot-2, 280 pounds
Hometown/High School: Owings Mills, MD (McDonogh H.S.)
Ranking: ★★★★ (0.9018 247Sports Composite)
Notable Offers: Ohio State, Florida, Maryland, USC, West Virginia
Ellies’ recruitment didn’t really take off until May of his junior year when Virginia Tech, Nebraska, and Ohio State all offered. Penn State eventually joined that group too, but not until late July. Once the Nittany Lions offered though, it became clear that they would be major players for the four-star defensive tackle.
Ellies took three official visits — one to Penn State (Nov. 10), one to Ohio State (Nov. 24), and one to USC (Nov. 30). Following those visits, the Nittany Lions and Trojans emerged as the two final schools, with Penn State being the rumored clearcut leader. As it turns out, that was the case, as Ellies made the call for the Nittany Lions at the Polynesian Bowl earlier tonight.
At 6-foot-2, 280 pounds, Ellies already has good size for a defensive tackle. He carries his weight well, sporting a stocky, stout build that’s tailor-made for life on the interior of the defensive line. While I doubt he ever turns into a 310-plus pounder, he shouldn’t have too much issue getting into the 295-300-pound area, which in today’s game, is plenty big for a defensive tackle.
Ellies doesn’t pop on film as the most explosive defensive tackle in the world, but he’s still a good athlete who moves well for his size, as evidenced by his 4.38 shuttle time. He shows a strong first step and quickness off the snap of the ball, something that will benefit him whether he’s playing the 3-Tech or 1-Tech.
As for next year, I wouldn’t be shocked if Ellies saw some playing time with the four-game rule, but a redshirt year is more likely than not. It’s just a tough transition to go from the high school game to Big Ten football, and with Penn State having better defensive tackle depth next season, I don’t think it’ll need to rely on a true freshman like it did last year.