Georgia Tech football is just 32 days away from returning and today we highlight a true freshman running back in Florida native Devin Ellison.
A consensus three-star running back coming out of high school, Ellison is one of three running backs to join the Georgia Tech program as part of the 2019 recruiting class. He joins Tony Amerson and Jamious Griffin as part of a three-headed monster the Jackets were able to lock up on the recruiting trail this past recruiting cycle.
Despite not being incredibly highly rated during his high school career at Bartram Trail High School in St. John’s Florida, Ellison had a tremendous high school football career that saw him set multiple school records. According to his Georgia Tech profile, Ellison while at Bartram Trail set school records in rushing yards (3,345) and rushing touchdowns (45). He was a two-time Florida All-State honoree during his career as well.
At 5-foot-9, Ellison isn’t the biggest of running backs but he does pack a 200-pound frame that doesn’t seem to negate any speed that Ellison possesses. He’s by no means a flashy player (at least by his highlight tapes) but is able to be quite elusive thanks to being on the smaller side while also being able to use his 200-pound frame to barrel through defenders when needed. He won’t be able to go right through collegiate defensive lineman and most linebackers but he should be able to have favorable matchups at times with members of opposing secondaries. There’s definitely a strong foundation for the Georgia Tech coaching staff to work with when it comes to Ellison’s development.
In 2019, Ellison is surely a redshirt candidate within a crowded running backs room for the Yellow Jackets. While he does have the skillset to develop into a contributor in the future, in 2019 there will simply be just no room for him to split carries in the backfield, especially with a highly touted freshman ahead of him in Jamious Griffin. Even for Griffin, getting carries at times this upcoming season could be difficult. Once Ellison takes the field, he should be able to create a nice role for himself in the Jackets offense, for him it will just be about patience as he would probably only begin pushing for consistent playing time starting in 2021.
Ellison and the Yellow Jackets will begin their 2019 campaign on August 29th against the Clemson Tigers as they look to upset the defending national champions on the road at Memorial Stadium, also known as “Death Valley”.