One of the many First Coast student-athletes signing national letters of intent to play college football was Bartram Trail tailback Devin Ellison who signed to play at Georgia Tech. Ellison joined “XL Primetime” on 1010XL to talk about joining the Yellow Jackets.
“It is an amazing feeling,” Ellison told 1010XL. “Being able to play varsity football for three years with all the coaches that I love. They were with me through this whole journey and I’m excited to see where I’m going to go over the next four years.”
Ellison was asked after the retirement of Paul Johnson at Georgia Tech in late November if he ever waivered from his commitment.
“I really committed to the school more for the education aspect of it,” Ellison said. “That was really the number one reason.
“Paul Johnson is a great coach and I was really looking forward to him being able to coach me and make me a better player, but I wasn’t going there for the coach, per-se, I was going there for the education and the after-college aspect of the school.”
Ellison said he has met with new Yellow Jackets head coach Geoff Collins and is looking forward to playing for him.
“I did meet with Coach Collins on my official visit and he seems to have a very good vision of where he wants the program to go,” Ellison said. “I’m down for the ride and I’m excited.”
How will Ellison will be used in Georgia Tech’s new offense.
“I’m assuming I’ll be at the halfback position, but maybe I’ll play the slot; I’m just willing to do whatever it takes to make the team better,” Ellison said. “The team comes first, so I’m just going to go up there and work the hardest that I can and that’s all you can really do.”
Ellison says the idea of playing college football is still new to him.
“I didn’t really start high school football to go play in college,” Ellison said. “I never really thought about playing college football, but to have this opportunity given to me and for the coaches taking a chance to give me an offer, it’s really amazing.”
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