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Jaylen Ellis receives Texas offer
It was only a matter of time before Round Rock Cedar Ridge wide receiver Jaylen Ellis received a hometown offer from the Longhorns. The Baylor commit is a member of the Fabulous 55, posted a 10.4 100-meter dash at a district championship meet and posted the highest SPARQ score of any wide receiver at The Opening regional in Dallas.
“Knowing I got my hometown offer was just crazy,” Ellis said. “Texas is obviously huge on my list.”
Ellis was a first-team all-district selection as a sophomore and junior. He helped lead Cedar Ridge to its deepest playoff run in school history after recording 56 catches for 1,248 yards and 14 touchdowns. In his two-year varsity career, Ellis averages 24.5 yards a catch.
“I was told I’d be more in the slot, but I can play both,” said Ellis about his envisioned role at Texas. “Coach Mehringer and me are tight. He always hits me up just asking how I’m doing on the regular.”
Texas now joins a list of schools that include Baylor, Michigan and Oregon. Ellis watched his stock soar in the spring after positing his 100-meter time and as college coaches could come watch him in person during spring practices. His April was highlighted by an Oregon offer. May brought offers from TCU, Michigan, Tennessee and now Texas.
“I don’t have any camps planned, but I definitely want to visit Michigan,” Ellis said. “Texas, Michigan and Oregon definitely stand out.”
Ellis would like to make his final decision and close the recruiting process by the end of summer.
Longhorns still in pursuit of Elijah Higgins
Texas lost out on a local wide receiver when five-star Lake Travis product Garrett Wilson chose Ohio State over the Longhorns. There’s a possibility that another star receiver from the capital city heads out of state with Higgins, a four-star product of Austin Bowie, recently visiting Stanford and planning a trip to Ohio State.
“Stanford opened my eyes up,” Higgins said. “Great people, great school, great football. It really is a well-rounded program that offers everything. I loved it.”
The experience of a top-level recruit can be frustrating. Teenagers are asked to make a four- or five-year decision based on limited information and gut feelings. Calls and texts litter a prospect’s phone nearly every day from their sophomore season until national signing day. It can be overwhelming. It’s also an opportunity to expand horizons.
“It’s crazy getting to travel everywhere and visit different schools. It’s a great and unique experience,” Higgins said. “It’s a blessing to live this life for a little while.”
The Longhorns are still in the mix and pushing Higgins hard to join the 2019 recruiting class.
“They’re still up there for me and one of the top schools on my list. I’m planning an official visit there in June,” he said. “Texas is pulling me a little harder now. They probably don’t want to lose another Austin kid.”
Garrett Wilson is happy to focus on football
The Longhorns lost out on their top offensive target of the 2019 class when Wilson picked Ohio State on April 29. Wilson, a Columbus native, chose his original home over his current home. The state’s top wide receiver now feels relief and a weight off his shoulders with his decision behind him.
“It’s chilled out a lot and it’s been a huge relief. I’m not asked about it all the time now at school and at camps, so it’s been nice to get back to normal,” he said. “I just chose the place that was best for my future whether football works out or not.”
Wilson will spend his senior season catching passes from new 2020 UT quarterback commit Hudson Card. The two want to make a run at Class 6A Division I title in 2018 and Wilson is full of belief in his new quarterback.
“He’s going to have the ability to extend plays and make all the throws,” Wilson said. “He’s an electric player who is going to make us better.”
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