Good news and bad news for Virginia Tech fans. The good news: new coach Justin Fuentes finally has the big arm, big name quarterback he’s dreamed of. The bad news: He’s not going to be on campus until fall 2018.
DeJuan Ellis, a dual-threat passer from Bishop O’Connell in the Washington, D.C. area, committed to the Hokies ahead of scholarship offers from the likes of Maryland, Syracuse and Rutgers, among others, while he has received serious attention from Penn State, Virginia and North Carolina. Ellis is the second commit in the Hokies’ Class of 2018, but he instantly becomes the most high profile Virginia Tech recruit of Fuentes’ time in Blacksburg to date.
That’s due in part to Ellis’ strengths — he’s only 5-foot-11 and 160 pounds, but already runs a 4.5 second 40-yard dash and has a cannon for an arm — and a weaker Class of 2017 to date than Fuentes and others on his staff might like. So far, Virginia Tech has a grand total of zero 4 or 5-star recruits in their Class of 2017. None of their 14 commits earned a spot in the National Top 247, or other major rankings.
Thanks to Ellis, that’s already not the case for the Class of 2018, with Ellis’ early pledge positioning him as a star who could catalyze support around the Hokies.
If nothing else, Ellis has already mastered the right talking points to drive more positive vibes Virginia Tech’s way.
“It’s a great school. The coaches seem to be doing all the right things. They treat you like family down there and I appreciate all the love they have been showing,” Ellis told 247 Sports.