Byron Ellis (6-1, 195, 4.55) from Venice, Calif., saw his stock move in an upward direction of late. He received an offer from CU and in quick time scheduled a visit. Ellis was attendance for CU/UCLA game this past weekend and he decided to say yes to the Big 12 power.
“Things were great at CU,” Ellis said. “In Colorado you have fresh air, clear skies, and no smog.”
“The coaches, the waterboy, even the mascot "Ralphie" was nice, especially coach Simms and his family” Ellis said. “All the coaches were excellent.”
“Coach (Chris) Wilson, coach (Shawn) Watson, and coach (Vance) Joseph are great,” Ellis said. “The tight end coach (John Wristen) is real funny.”
“Coach (Gary) Barnett is about business at CU,” Ellis said. “He wants the best for all his players.”
“Everybody in Colorado is friendly,” Ellis said. “They all wanted to know how I was and there were kids asking for autographs, it was very nice.”
“I liked how the team fought to end and gave 110% in a game that was a battle,” Ellis said. “CU knocked their lights out with about two minutes left in the game.”
CU won the game against the Bruins and received a commitment from a very good back with a lot of upside.
Ellis was selected first-team all-league and second-team all-city as a junior after rushing for 1,329 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Ellis possesses great vision and has outstanding quickness. When Venice runs the football (Venice is predominately passing team), more than likely it is Lewis carrying the load. Ellis has deceptive speed and known as “football fast”.
“Byron is a young man who is destined for success,” Venice head coach Angelo Gasca said. “He is a special person with special qualities.”
“Byron has an unbelievable work ethic, and commitment to doing well in everything that he’s part of,” Gasca said. “He is respected by his teammates and his coaches, who are well aware of his exploits on and off the field.”
CU won the services of Ellis over an offer from Wyoming.
Arizona, Stanford, UCLA, Cal, USC, Washington, Washington State, Oregon, Oregon State, Nebraska, Fresno State, Service Academies and Ivy League schools were also showing recruiting interest in Ellis.
Ellis was recently rated the number one running back in the Los Angeles City Section by FOXSPORTS high school weekly and the L.A.TIMES also ranked Ellis number one in the Los Angeles City Section.