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Ellis will reveal his decision between South Carolina and North Carolina State at 10 a.m. ET at The Times and Democrat building in Orangeburg, S.C.
Valentine’s finalists include South Carolina, Louisville, Notre Dame and LSU. His announcement is expected to drop around 4 p.m. on Twitter.
Below are a few facts to know about each prospect.
Ellis, a 2016 graduate of Lake Marion High School (Santee, S.C.), is a rising sophomore at Georgia Military College (Milledgeville, Ga.). It’s the same junior college that 2017 tackle signee Dennis Daley attended for two years before enrolling at South Carolina earlier this summer.
Coming out of high school, Ellis claimed offers from Appalachian State, Georgia Southern, Miami, South Carolina State and Western Carolina. Now, along with South Carolina and North Carolina State, Ellis has an offer from East Carolina.
For high school sprinters, anything in the neighborhood of 10.5 seconds in the 100-meter dash is fast — really, really fast. Valentine qualifies as really, really fast.
In June, while running in the Adidas Dream 100 in Boston, Valentine finished fourth with a time of 10.59. His best time of the spring season was 10.44.
During a camp stop at LSU last month, Valentine ran a laser-timed 4.34 in the 40-yard-dash.
Muschamp and defensive line coach Lance Thompson have hosted Ellis several times since he visited in the fall for Jake Bentley’s debut against UMass.
Shortly after reeling in his offer, Ellis returned in February with Daley to watch spring practice. Ellis was back a few weeks later for the spring game and again in June for camp.
The other finalist, N.C. State, scored a visit in June.
On the move
Valentine plays football at Melbourne (Fla.) Central Catholic, where he rushed for 884 yards and totaled 175 receiving yards as a junior. In the spring, while attending East Ridge High School, he won the Florida 4A state championship in the 100-meter with a time of 10.61.
The South Carolina coaches managed to run him down and bring him to campus for a visit during the spring game.
Below are the rankings, based on the 247Sports composite for the Class of 2018:
- Ellis — No. 14 overall JUCO prospect, No. 4 JUCO defensive tackle
- Valentine — No. 13 all-purpose running back, No. 84 overall player in state of Florida