Ellis Commits to Wake Forest

Derricus Ellis

On Friday, Wake Forest's football program added another family member in more ways than one. Not only did Georgia DE/LB Derricus Ellis commit to join the Wake Forest football family, he also happens to be the brother of current Demon Deacon Chantz McClinic.

"I did on Friday," Ellis told DeaconSports.com. "After making a few visits -- I think I told you I visited Vanderbilt last week – I knew Wake was right. The whole time I figured Wake Forest was where I wanted to be but I had to be sure." Ellis committed to Wake Forest over offers from Vanderbilt and Duke and heavy interest from Alabama, Southern Miss, and Georgia Tech.

"I really like the coaches [at Wake Forest] and [they] had a little advantage because my brother goes there and he could tell me about it," Ellis noted. "He could tell me things and fill in questions that other schools couldn't. I felt like Wake was where I wanted to be and I fit in with the coaches and players there."

Ellis' brother, Chantz McClinic, is also excited to have his brother on-board as a Demon Deacon. "He's actually the first person I called when I talked to Coach Hood," Ellis said. "He's happy I'm coming up there with him."

Ellis, who stands 6'2, 235-pounds, could play a variety of positions at the next level. Although he plays fullback and linebacker at the high school level, he will likely wind up as a defensive end at Wake Forest. "When I talked to Coach Hood from Wake, he said that I could play either linebacker or defensive end. Right now, he wants to play me at defensive end because he thinks I can get on the field faster there."

With just under a month left before his senior season begins, Ellis has high expectations for his Darlington School (Rome, Ga) team. "This coming season I think will be one of the best Darlington has had in a while. This summer the whole team worked hard and the coaches even said we had one of the toughest strength & conditioning programs they've had in a while. It should be a really good year for us."

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