The South Carolina football team landed another top notch recruit for the 2018 class.
Lake Marion High School product and Vance native Jabari Ellis committed to the Gamecocks this morning in Orangeburg County.
Ellis is a rising sophomore at Georgia Military College. He is rated as the fourth best defensive tackle in the country. This past season he had four tackles for loss, one sack and 11 tackles for the Bulldogs. He'll be brought in to help stop the run for the Gamecocks.
Ellis picked South Carolina over NC State, Miami, Georgia State and four other Division I programs like East Carolina, West Carolina and SC State. He says Will Muschamp and defensive line coach Lance Thompson's constant communication was a key part in his commitment.
"He was messaging me all night. He was like 'you made my night big guy. you made my night'. After I told him my decision, when I was saying he was messaging me everyday, it didn't stop. You know coming up towards me committing today he was still messaging me everyday so that meant a lot."
Ellis also said that the coaching staff would like to add about 10 to 15 pounds of muscle to his already 6'4" 285 pound frame.
"I knew how bad they wanted-they needed me. Coach Muschamp and Coach Thompson was just putting it into me everyday. We need you. We need you. So that played a big part too. They want me as a run stopper. So I'm ready to bring that to the defense."
The former Lake Marion player said that going the JUCO route has prepared him for this day. He has one more year left and plans to sharpen his technique and hit the weight room so he can come in ready to go in 2018. He's been grateful of his journey.
"It's a blessing. It's a lot of guys that go the junior college route, some of them lost faith, some them not even playing football anymore. It's tough. But I just kept faith, gave it to God and now I'm reaping the benefits."