DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, Md.) four-star wide receiver Tino Ellis decided to stay home for his college football career and committed to the University of Maryland on Friday.
Ellis is ranked as the No. 6 player in the state of Maryland and becomes the 11th of Maryland’s 17 commitments for the Class of 2016 to come from the Washington-Maryland-Virginia corridor.
Another of those players is quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr., the No. 4 pro style quarterback in the class who is from Potomac, Md. He worked hard to help recruit the 6-foot, 170-pound Ellis to Maryland.
“It definitely played a factor,” Ellis told Rivals.com. “Dwayne Haskins has really been in my ear since his commitment and I’ve really bought into it. He’s told me some things, he’s told me the truth and I’ve really thought about them. We’ve been working on rhythm and just getting to know each other.”
Since his commitment, Haskins hasn’t merely give Maryland one difference-making prospect, he has given the Terrapins a shot at a handful of others given the network of players he’s built relationships with over the years.
“There are guys I’ve built relationships with,” Haskins said. “I feel as though if we play together we can do something special. Especially guys in the area that I’m really close with. If we all went to the same school together we can have the same impact, like people did at Miami (Fla.) in the 1980s.”
See the video above as Ellis explains more of his reasons for picking Maryland.