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TCU signs Aledo DE Colt Ellison

The local product picked TCU over some big name offers.

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The Frogs are getting stronger defensively with their 2019 class, and a key to that is Aledo defensive end Colt Ellison. Ellison made his commitment official on Wednesday, by signing his NLI with TCU.

Ellison, a 6-4, 235 pound end, is rated as the No. 50 player in the state of Texas, and the No. 26 defensive end in the nation, according to 247 Sports’ Composite Rankings.

The Frogs have a solid pipeline from Aledo, as Ellison is one of two kids from the dynasty high school program to pledge to TCU this cycle. Alongside Ellison, linebacker Wyatt Harris, younger brother of Wes Harris, is expected to sign with TCU.

Of course, Ellison was a sought-after player, holding offers from Notre Dame, Washington, Wisconsin, Penn State, Tennessee, Arkansas, Colorado, Missouri, and close to 20 others. Ellison committed to the Frogs in early July, before focusing in on his senior season.

Unfortunately, his senior year was cut short due to a knee injury. That didn’t scare TCU away, as they’ve seen recruits suffer injuries in the past - most recently with potential 2019 starting quarterback Justin Rogers.

At the time of his injury in late October, an ACL and MCL tear, Ellison had already racked up 43 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, and 6.5 sacks in eight games.

For the Frogs, the hope is that Ellison can still be a contributor once he is on campus, but the timeline for his return to the field is up in the air. However, with TCU’s current depth at defensive end, it seems as if Ellison will get an opportunity to play, once the coaches and doctors deem him able to do so.

Regardless of injury, Ellison is a big addition to the class for the Horned Frogs, and TCU fans should be excited for him to get on campus. Ellison joins other 2019 TCU recruits Karter Johnson, Soni Misi, and Thomas Armstrong along the defensive line.