Written by Tino Ellis and Evan Miller
Published Monday, July 27, 2015
What’s up everyone, I’m Tino Ellis and this is the start of my recruit diary. I’m from Hyattsville, Maryland and currently attend DeMatha Catholic, ranked fourteen by MaxPreps in their preseason top 25. I am going to graduate this spring and I plan on playing division one football after high school. Which school? That’s uncertain as of now.
I am six foot two, one hundred ninety pounds and one of the top fifty receivers in the nation. I enjoy playing receiver because it gives me the chance to be the playmaker when the game is on the line. I want the ball in my hands so I can make the play for my team when they need it most. I have been invited and I have committed to play in the Under Armour All American Game. Currently I hold 15 offers from some of the top programs in the nation, however my top six are (in no order) Maryland, Rutgers, Virginia Tech, Nebraska, West Virginia, and Kentucky. I am set to announce my commitment on Friday, July 31st. Look for a special Recruit Diaries entry that will detail my commitment.
My style of play can be described as “a playmaker.” When I have the ball in my hands I make plays. I want to be aggressive and play strong and fast. A playmaker is someone who shines brightest on the biggest stage and comes up big when the team needs them the most. I want to help my team win no matter what and I try to make any play possible to help the team. I have been blessed with physical skills but a football player is only as good as his work ethic and the time he puts in training to become a better player. Without the right work ethic physical gifts can only take a player so far. My favorite player is the All-Pro Cowboy receiver Dez Bryant. He is my favorite football player because of his aggressive play style. He is not afraid of anybody and is not afraid of going up and getting the football. His tenacity is unmatched and can not be rivaled by anybody other receiver in the league. Of the toughest players I had to play against was current All-ACC corner Kendall Fuller. I had to play against him when I was just a freshman in high school.
I play football for the love of the game. Football is my passion and I love it. I am truly blessed that I will be able to continue to play football beyond high school. Football has opened new doors and opportunities to come to me and I hope that continues as I grow older and continue to play the game I love. Its important though to use football and not let football use you. What I mean by that is I want to take every opportunity football grants me and use it in a positive way because I know one day it will all be over and I don’t want to look back on my playing career with regrets.
A great football player is not someone who scores every single touchdown, or somebody who only cares about himself but a great football player is someone who has the ability to make others around him better. A team must work together to be successful and if someone fails to succeed, the whole team fails to succeed. My favorite football moment was winning our conference championship two years in the row. It meant a lot knowing that the hard work our team put in for two straight years paid off and hopefully I can end my high school career as a three-time champion. My favorite moment from the recruiting process would have to be when I received my first scholarship offer in the eighth grade.
That’s it for the player bio. Make sure to check out my commitment special coming out in the upcoming days and also check out all the other great athletes and their diaries. You can follow me on twitter @IamTinoEllis