Hometown: Suwanee, Ga
Jordan Ellis’s first collegiate carry could not have gone any better. First and ten on William & Mary’s 39 yard line, Ellis’s job was a simple one -- grab a few yards and keep progress moving. He did much more than that. When Ellis was met with a wall of both Virginia and W&M jerseys up the middle, he bounced to the left and charged forward, breaking a total of not one, not two, but seven would-be tackles en route to the end zone for his first collegiate touchdown.
You can relive that moment here:
Ellis was a three-star recruit according to the 247Sports Composite. He had received offers from Western Kentucky and Miami (Ohio), and had interest from Arkansas, Mississippi State, and Wisconsin as well. Here’s his recruiting video:
Those highlights are actually a ton of fun to watch. He’s smart, he’s fast, and he’s big and powerful. At 5’11”, 220 pounds, Ellis is the biggest tailback Virginia has, making him particularly valuable, but he’s also the least experienced, behind Taquan Mizzell (Sr), Albert Reid (Sr), and Daniel Hamm (Jr).
Last year, Ellis saw eight games, including a triple overtime victory over Syracuse in which he took the last three carries of the game, including the game-winning touchdown from three yards out when all the Hoos needed was a field goal. He’s due for a breakout year soon enough, but I’m not entirely sure that this is the year. By the time he’s a junior on the team though, look out, ACC.