Written By: Nick Holmes (@HoosierHolmes)
When it comes to recruiting, Coach Wilson and his staff have taken advantage of the Big Ten’s increased footprint. In this last recruiting cycle the Hoosiers were able to pluck defensive back Tyler Green and running back Devonte Williams out of the backyard of Big Ten East Rival Maryland. Indiana is hopeful they can ride this momentum into the next recruiting class, looking to add some more talented athletes from the state.
One prospect the Hoosiers have their sights on is wide receiver Tino Ellis, a former teammate of Green’s at DeMatha Catholic High School. The senior-to-be announced on Wednesday via his Twitter account that he had received an offer from the Hoosiers, his 9th overall.
The four-star recruit boasts good length and versatility, capable of playing out on the perimeter or in the slot. Ellis also shows a willingness to assist in the run game, landing some bone-jarring blocks on opposing defensive backs in his junior Hudl highlight tape.
The 6-foot 1, 180 pound prospect announced in late January that he would be making his decision on July 31. He also announced his top five that included West Virginia, Rutgers, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and the home state Terrapins. In addition to the Hoosiers and his top five, Ellis also holds offers from Kentucky, Old Dominion, and Virginia.
This past season Ellis was named to the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (WCAC) second team and his DeMatha Stags won their second-straight WCAC Championship, in a 24-20 victory over Good Counsel.
Ellis is ranked by Rivals.com as the No. 139 overall player in the nation in his class and the No. 7 prospect in the state of Maryland.