Palm Bay, Fla.
Palm Bay HS
|Height / Weight:|
5-11 / 190
Cornerback who enters his third year in the program ... solid tackler who has 18 games of experience in two seasons for the Golden Knights ... first-team cornerback entering fall practice at right corner.
2004: Starter in seven of the 10 games he appeared in ... four tackles in starting role at No. 21 Wisconsin (Sept. 4) ... five tackles (two solo) at Penn State (Sept. 18) ... three solo tackles at Buffalo (Oct. 4) ... six tackles and a pass breakup at Miami (Oct. 23) in a starting role ... career-high nine tackles at Marshall (Oct. 30) ... five tackles at Ball State (Nov. 13) ... tied a career-high with nine tackles in season-finale vs. Kent State (Nov. 23).
2003: One of five true freshmen to play in 2003 for the Golden Knights ... made collegiate debut at Syracuse (Sept. 20) ... totaled two tackles at Ohio (Oct. 11) ... made one tackle vs. Akron (Oct. 18) and vs. Central Michigan (Oct. 25) ... two tackles, including one for a loss at West Virginia (Nov. 1) ... first career start at Eastern Michigan (Nov. 8) ... two tackles vs. the Eagles ... career-high eight tackles vs. Marshall (Nov. 19) ... also blocked first career punt.
High School: Ellis graduated from Palm Bay High School in 2003 ... played for coach Dan Burke, a former four-year starter for UCF ... won a state championship in his only season at Palm Bay ... following his junior season at Astronaut high school he was named Defensive Back of the Year and MVP ... was named All-Space Coast in both football and track ... rated No. 45 on Rivals.com's list of cornerbacks ... selected by Rivals.com as one of the top 100 players in the state of Florida ... named to Bill Buchalter's "Dirty Dozen," as well as earning all-state honors ... tabbed by PrepStar as the top cornerback in the southeast ... garnered the Award of Excellence from Brevard County Public Schools ... chose UCF over Indiana, Ole Miss, and South Florida.
Personal: Ellis is a communications major ... born Aug. 26, 1985 in Titusville ... son of Ron and Janice Ellis