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Auburn remains in front for Ellison

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The offer list for three-star defensive tackle Jay Ellison of Hamilton (Ga.) Harris County grows by the week. What doesn't seem to change is who Ellison favors.
It has been Auburn for awhile.
"When you go down there, it feels like home to me," Ellison said. "I get along with the coaches and everything."
Although he checked out a handful of schools in 2011, Auburn is the only college Ellison, who now claims 10 offers after Missouri pulled the trigger Wednesday, has visited this year.
"I went there this past weekend for the spring game, and I was there for junior day prior to that," Ellison said. "They were good visits. I went down there and had a good talk with the coaches, and I got to see how they work with the defense. I liked watching [assistant Mike Pelton] and how he teaches the defensive line - all the things he teaches, like the stance, starts and all that good stuff."
Even though the Tigers are in front, Ellison said he isn't close to making a final decision.
"They say they really want me, but I'm not going to commit right now," Ellison said. "I just want to weigh my options and get more visits in before I pick. I'm taking most of my visits during the summer and I'm going to pick a couple of games in the fall. [A commitment] will probably be in December or January."
Who's No. 2 behind Auburn?
"Right now, I don't know," he said. "I haven't got a top five or anything."
According to Ellison, he hopes to visit Georgia Tech, Mississippi State, North Carolina, Ole Miss and South Carolina, though no schedule has been mapped out thus far. Last year, he checked out Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech and Tennessee.
The Yellow Jackets reached out to Ellison this week.
"I talked to [Georgia Tech] Coach Paul Johnson [Tuesday]," Ellison said. "It went good. He wants me and my family up there to talk and go over the academics, and what I'd be playing if I go there. Most schools like me at defensive tackle. Georgia Tech said I could play nose or end. I'm going there probably the end of May. Somewhere around there."
Keith Niebuhr can be reached at Keithrivals@yahoo.com. You can follow him on Twitter @KeithRIVALS.
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