Welcome to early signing period for the 2019 recruiting class here at Roar Lions Roar. Make sure to check out all of our other coverage today and in the coming days, and make sure to check out each profile of the newest Nittany Lions as they sign their letters of intent. (All photos you see below are courtesy of 247Sports)
State College athlete Keaton Ellis committed to James Franklin's 2019 class before it was the trendy thing to do. Ellis popped for the Lions the day of the Pitt game in 2017 and was the only pledge in the class for over six weeks before finally being joined by Taquan Roberson in late October.
|Height/Weight: 6'0/180 lbs.|
|High School: State College Area (PA)|
|247Composite Rank: ★★★★(0.8999)|
|Positional Rank: No. 308 Overall, No. 33 Cornerback, No. 3 in Pennsylvania|
|Commitment Date: September 9, 2017|
247Sports Scouting Report
Long, wiry frame with ability to add 10 or 15 pounds. Passes eye-ball test. Extremely athletic with plus mix of acceleration and speed. Knows how to use length. Exceptional ball skills. Changes direction well and knows how to bait quarterback. Smart player. Back pedal is low, comfortable. Drives well on ball. Good closing speed. More comfortable as field corner. Footwork is clean when transitioning from back pedal to running with receiver. Physical in running game. Good form tackler. Needs to add upper-body strength to improve jams at line. Re-routing receivers more consistently is important. Needs to show more closing speed. Taking on blocks and setting edge in running game need improvement. Impact Power 5 multi-year starter as field corner. Likely a mid-round NFL draft pick. (More at 247Sports)
NFL Comparison: Sidney Jones
Ellis used a big senior season to show everyone why Penn State offered him early in the 2019 cycle. His 247Sports (non-composite) ranking rocketed from nearly the 500th overall player in the nation to 128th overall following a senior campaign with just 63 touches on offense for 1,151 yards and 17 touchdowns. He also pulled in four interceptions and 51 tackles starring at cornerback for the Little Lions. His athleticism and ball skills jump off the film.
While it's unlikely any true freshmen will see significant time in the secondary, enrolling early will give Ellis a chance at a wide-open competition for the fourth and fifth corner spots. His athleticism could definitely play on special teams, and I feel that is the most likely place we'll see him in 2019.
|John Reid*||Zech McPhearson*||D.J. Brown*||Trent Gordon*|
|Tariq Castro-Fields||Donovan Johnson*||Keaton Ellis|
|Joey Porter Jr.|
* denotes redshirt season taken
Welcome to Penn State, Keaton.
— Penn State Football (@PennStateFball) December 19, 2018