Three-star DT D'Von Ellies released his top 4 today on Twitter which included Virginia Tech.
The Hokies made the cut for Ellies alongside Ohio State, West Virginia, and Rutgers. While some wondered if Ellies was about to make a decision, Ellies has instead decided to narrow down the focus of his recruitment as the dead period nears its end. However, Ellies doesn't appear to be too far away from making a decision.
Since offering him this past May, Virginia Tech has made Ellies one of their top priorities at defensive tackle. Though numbers are tight and the Hokies have two DT commits, it wouldn't be surprising to see the Hokies add a third defensive tackle with VT losing starting DTs Ricky Walker and Vinny Mihota after the 2018 season.
Virginia Tech does have a connection to Ellies as the three-star DT was teammates with new Hokie DeJuan Ellis. While it's unknown how close Ellis and Ellies are, it definitely could be something that can give the Hokies an edge.
Ohio State is the arguable frontrunner for Ellies especially with the interest that Ellies has shown in the Buckeyes on social media. West Virginia is definitely a team to keep an eye on as well while Rutgers received a visit from Ellies earlier this spring according to 247 Sports
and can't be ruled out either.
D'Von Ellies in the Recruiting Rankings
Ellies is rated as a four-star recruit by Rivals
and a three-star recruit by the other major recruiting rankings. Among defensive tackles, Ellies is ranked 18th best by Rivals, 27th best by the 247 Sports Composite, 28th best by 247 Sports
, and 44th best by ESPN
. In Maryland, Ellies is ranked sixth best by Rivals, seventh best by the 247 Sports Composite, ninth best by 247 Sports, and 12th best by ESPN.
D'Von Ellies' Offer LIst (According to 247 Sports) (Top 4 in Bold)
- ACC: Virginia Tech, Boston College, Duke, NC State, North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Virginia, Wake Forest
- Big 10: Maryland, Nebraska, Ohio State, Rutgers, Wisconsin
- SEC: Kentucky, Tennessee
- Big 12: West Virginia
- Pac-12: Arizona, Arizona State
- AAC: Cincinnati, Temple, UCF
Photo Credit: Harley Taylor
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