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George Ellis III signs with TCU: National Signing Day 2017

The Florida defensive tackle ignored a late push from Charlie Strong and USF, deciding to stick with the Frogs.

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TCU sent defensive line coach Zarnell Fitch down to Florida, and he came back with a defensive tackle. George Ellis III made his TCU commitment official today, signing his Letter of Intent and faxing it to the Frogs. Ellis adds some much-needed size to TCU’s defensive line, along with 2017 classmates Corey Bethley and Ezra Tu’ua, as the Frogs seek to bulk up in the trenches.

Ellis, standing at 6-2 and weighing in at 290 pounds, held offers from Mississippi State, South Florida, and Wisconsin, among a handful of others. Despite committing in mid-January, Ellis took late January official visits to Rutgers and USF, with Charlie Strong making a big push for him to join the USF ranks. However, neither school was able to sway Ellis form the Frogs, and now he’ll don the Purple and White (and black, and gray, and...).

The Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and American Heritage High School product has a great ability to shed blockers, and also shows impressive strength to bring down a runner when engaged with a lineman.

With Ellis’ addition to TCU’s defensive line, along with Bethley and Tu’ua, TCU has essentially doubled the number of ~300 pound defensive lineman on the roster. It’s clear that Patterson identified a need on this team, and went out and addressed it during this recruiting cycle. It’ll be fun to see all this size shutting down the run game for TCU opponents over the next several seasons.

Check out his hudl highlights here, and welcome him to the Frog fam!