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Virginia Adds Running Back

Monday, June 10, 2013 3:26pm

Virginia added their seventh commitment of the 2014 with the addition of running back Jordan Ellis.

Ellis, who comes from Suwanee (GA) Peachtree Ridge, is the first skill position player to commit to the Cavaliers in this class. After visiting Virginia over the weekend, Ellis made his pledge to coach Mike London in his office.

“It’s everything,” Ellis told Scout.com’s Brian Dohn. “It’s a perfect fit. It’s the coaching staff, the opportunity, the school. They put academics first, and I love that part of it. It’s a really good education.

“They said they needed a big guy like me who can run inside and otuside. They said they really don’t have a back that can do what I can do.”

Measuring in at 5-foot-10 and 215-pounds, Ellis will fill the void left at running back after the transfer of Clifton Richardson to Liberty last month.

Rivals.com rates Ellis as a two-star, while Scout.com has him as a three-star and the No. 95 running back in the country. His other offers came from Miami (OH) and Western Kentucky. Other schools, such as Arkansas and Mississippi State, were showing interest, but Ellis was ready to put an end to his recruitment.

Last season, he rushed for 850 yards and nine touchdowns.