Redondo Beach (Calif.) Redondo Union athlete Kevin Ellison has been sitting on four scholarship offers for the past couple of months, but received some good news last night when he picked up two new offers, including one from the nation’s No. 1 team.
Ellison, 6-foot-1, 215 pounds is one of the more versatile players in the West region this year. He plays safety for Redondo but has linebacker size and hitting ability. Schools like him for both positions, although he said the majority of the colleges are recruiting Ellison at his preferred position, safety.
“Things are going really well right now for me,” Ellison said. “I’m excited. I just got two new offers last night, Colorado and USC, both said they want me to play safety for them. The one from USC is huge. They’re the top program in the country but I’m still committed to taking all five of my trips before I make my decision. I know there’s a chance by doing that, I could lose my spot there but if that happens, I guess it just wasn’t meant to be.
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“I haven’t set up any of my trips yet but I’ll probably start doing that this weekend. I’m going to start calling some schools and get that going. I would like to take a couple of them on game weekends so I can see what the atmosphere is like there. The first three I want to set up are Colorado, USC and Oregon State. Oregon and Arizona will be my last two visits and all have offered. I also have an offer from Washington but I’m not considering them any more.”
At this point, USC and Oregon State seem to be the early frontrunners. Ellison’s older brother, Keith, plays for the Beavers, and USC is the local school that he has liked for some time.
Ellison has been strong on both sides of the ball this season and had a particularly strong game last Friday when the Seahawks beat a talented Serra, Gardena team 35-17. Ellison had 173 all purpose yards and scored all five touchdowns. The athlete earned second team all-state honors a year ago after rushing for 1,400 yards and 12 touchdowns to go along with 101 tackles on defense.