Following the commitment of Smith Vilbert on Friday afternoon, Jamese Franklin and has reeled in another key defensive line prospect with the commitment of D'Von Ellies (Owings Mills, MD) on Sunday, Jan. 20.
The Ellies File
- Class: 2019
- Size: 6'2, 280 lbs.
- Pos: DT
- School: McDonogh School (Owings Mills, MD)
- Composite Rating: ★★★★ (.9018)
- Composite Rank: No. 293 overall, No. 22 DT
Back when Ellies received an offer from Ohio State in May of last year, they raced out to the forefront of this recruitment and were the perceived favorite. Things changed when Penn State came calling in July. Ellies expressed interest from the get-go and realized he needed to slow down his recruitment. He first visited Penn State unofficially for the White Out against the Buckeyes. He clearly liked what he saw as he used one of his three official visits to see Penn State on Nov. 10 for the Wisconsin game.
Ellies used his other two officials to Ohio State and USC. As his recruitment stretched, it felt as if the Buckeyes had moved their focus to other prospects and this opened the door for Penn State to take the lead, with Sean Spencer taking charge of Ellies recruitment. They never looked back despite the interest in USC.
Ellies had a great senior season where he collected 72 tackles (11 for a loss), 17 sacks, and three forced fumbles. He earned the title of first-team All-Metro and was named to the Polynesian All-Star Bowl, where he was consistently named among the best participants.
Ellies makes it commit No. 20 in the 2019 class, currently giving the Lions the 10th ranked class nationally, with everyone ahead of them having several more commitments.
Ellies gives the class another strong presence along the interior of the defensive line with Hakeem Beamon. If he had enrolled early, due to athleticism and the depth chart, it'd be possible for him to contribute in his first year. Unfortunately, he won't show up until summer and may be too far behind the curve at that point in terms of strength. Best case scenario for him is probably a yellow light.