Over the weekend of Sept. 8, Jaylen Ellis was in Ann Arbor with his parents for an official visit to Michigan.
Coming into the trip, the trio were not sure what to expect. Upon leaving, the family got a lot more than the original expectations. Ellis said having his family on-board with his college decision is an asset.
“Everyone felt like it was home,” Ellis said. “I’m happy that not only I enjoyed it, but my family did. My parents didn’t think this much was going to happen.”
The Round Rock (Texas) Cedar Ridge 2019 three-star wide receiver has been committed to Baylor since June 15, 2017. He is now considering five schools – Baylor, Tennessee, Houston, Arizona and Michigan.
“I just love Baylor, but Michigan is just higher up than I ever expected,” Ellis said. “Baylor is still up there because I love the whole staff.”
Ellis’ official visit to see the Wolverines boosted them in his standings. The most enjoyable moment the wide receiver experienced was standing in the middle of the Big House and viewing the jam-packed stands.
The 6-foot, 180-pound receiver said it was the best visit he’s ever been on as a prospect.
“I know it was my first official, but the vibe I felt when I got there was crazy,” Ellis added. “It was a different feeling that I’ve never got anywhere else.
“I loved it.”
While talking to Michigan wide receivers coach Jim McElwain, tight ends coach Sherrone Moore and assistant Roy Roundtree, he came away with the realization that early playing time could be an option.
“Playing right away would be big for me, and Michigan said I would get it,” Ellis said. “I can mix it up in the slot or on the outside. I can see myself working with a ton of concepts they already have.”
Wide receivers Donovan Peoples-Jones and Ronnie Bell are two current Michigan players that Ellis feels are similar to his game. He also got a chance to sit down with Bell and discuss the intangibles of what it really means to join Michigan’s offense.
“Watching Donovan do what he did, I can do it as good, if not better,” Ellis said. “Ronnie told me that I’m going to be something special in the offense at Michigan.”
Ellis said he will take an official visit to all of his final five schools before locked down his commitment at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Jan. 5, 2019.
The receiver is ranked No. 553 in the nation, No. 67 at his position and No. 65 in Texas, according to 247Sports Composite.