Hampton (Va.) Bethel is the home of one of the best defensive ends in the country. And for Chris Ellis, even though new offers continue to come in weekly, he's focused on only three teams.
"It's Virginia Tech, Virginia and Maryland for me right now," said the 6-foot-5, 230-pounder who had 15 sacks as a junior. "Those are the three that are recruiting me the hardest and I've seen all of them. I feel more comfortable with them than any others. That could change, but right now I like them the best."
Ellis has had a busy week.
"I was at East Carolina's camp last week and then I went to Maryland on Saturday for an unofficial visit," he said. "East Carolina has offered but I'm not sure about them right now. I want to keep my focus on my top three."
And how was Maryland?
"It was really nice," he said. "The coaches showed me where I would be playing. They said I could play one of two positions. I could play defensive end at times and weak-side linebacker in some spots. They have their linebacker play with his hand down on certain plays and drop back into coverage as well."
So is there a leader between the three?
"No, I'm very neutral at this point," he said. "I heard where somewhere it said that Virginia Tech leads and I guess that's fine because that was the case for a while. They play sort of a 4-4 defense which is where I'm more comfortable in that defense than anything else, but the coaches at Virginia and Maryland have shown me how I fit into theirs."
Ellis heads to Virginia Tech on Tuesday to help move in his ex-teammate and future Hokie Jimmy Williams.
"I'll be good to get there again and meet some of the players," he said. "He's rooming with Marcus Vick I think. I know Marcus a little bit so it will be cool."