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'05 FL TE Brian Ellis (Florida signee)

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http://ohiostate.rivals.com/viewprospect.asp?Sport=1&pr_key=29020

Daytona Beach (FL)
Mainland- same school as Florida Gator commits Avery Atkins and Jonathon Garner

Height: 6-foot-4
Weight: 235 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.7 seconds
Bench max: 300 pounds
GPA: 2.6
Rivals.com Tight ends 2005 (9)
Preseason Florida Top 100 2005 (38)
Brian caught 27 passes and scored two times during his junior season.

Audibles: "He's a talented leaper and four-year starter in basketbal. He plays tight end and defensive end. He's got tremendous upside, he's a competitor and he had some great catches for us in the championship game." -Head coach John Moronto

Bio Notes: A four-year starter on the basketball team.

Biography:
Ellis, a 6-foot-3 and 230 pound tight end, is a player that stock is on the rise with an early scholarship offer from Florida State. Last season as a junior he helped lead his team Daytona Beach (Fla.) Mainland to the Class 5A state championship by catching several key passes.
2.7/Fall test.

He is considering FSU, Central Fla, LSU, Oklahoma, Georgia, tOSU, scUM and Tenn (all have offered). It seems like tOSU is a long shot.

tOSU has offered
 

scooter1369

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I've never seen so many top rated recruits coming from Mainland. I played LG and DE there in the eighties and we sucked. Bad. We were 1-29 in my three years there.

Now its Jon Garner, Avery Atkins, Brian Ellis, Buster Davis. Damn where was that talent when I was in school? Not to mention Vince Carter, George McCloud, Mike Polite all in the NBA.

Should I call Coach Maronto? Maronto coached Speilman in Massillon. He is very familiar with Ohio State football.
 
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scooter1369

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This from the Orlando Sentinel:

Seabreeze shocks Mainland
The Sandcrabs knock off the No. 1-ranked Bucs 17-6 in a stunning opener.

DAYTONA BEACH -- The bling-bling backfired.

Fueled by grating reminders that Mainland won Volusia County's first state football championship in 2003, Seabreeze scored a stunning 17-6 upset of the Bucs in a season-opening high school football rivalry Wednesday night at Municipal Stadium.

"They stuck their (state championship) rings in our faces every day from December until today, and our kids responded," said Seabreeze Coach Marc Beach.

Will Saffen -- handed the unenviable task of taking over for the state's all-time leading passer, Xavier Lee -- quarterbacked almost flawlessly, and a Seabreeze defense that was a sieve a year ago dominated.

Even without Lee, who passed for more than 3,000 yards in a 5-6 season last year, the Sandcrabs scored their second upset against the Bucs in three years.

"We said all week that this is a better team than it was last year," Beach said. "It was a team effort that we won this. Especially when there was so many doubters. Nobody expected us to win but the 40 [Seabreeze] guys."

Saffen, a 6-foot-1, 175-pound sophomore who won a three-way competition to replace Lee, was 11-of-22 passing for 177 yards and ran for 43 yards.

With Seabreeze holding a precarious 10-6 lead, Saffen converted a fourth-and-15 with a 17-yard floater to Dominic Mungen, and then flipped a screen pass that Ben Robinson turned into a 20-yard gain to set up the decisive score. With six minutes, five seconds remaining, Saffen lofted a 35-yard touchdown pass over a Mainland defender into Mungen's grasp in the end zone.

Saffen credited his coaches and teammates.

"They put no pressure on me to win, just to play my game," he said.

That, crisp blocking by a veteran line, and Robinson's rushing (93 yards) was enough against a Mainland offense that never found its championship form.

Bucs quarterback Jon Garner, who has committed to UF, was sacked five times and held to 9-of-25 passing for 103 yards. Fullback Kirby Watson managed 108 yards on 14 carries, but the Sandcrabs limited Mainland tailback Avery Atkins to 20 yards on 12 carries.

With this in mind, I'm guessing the day wasn't real bright for Ellis either. :(

That blows. Go Bucs!
 
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MililaniBuckeye

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With Seabreeze holding a precarious 10-6 lead, Saffen converted a fourth-and-15 with a 17-yard floater to Dominic Mungen, and then flipped a screen pass that Ben Robinson turned into a 20-yard gain to set up the decisive score. With six minutes, five seconds remaining, Saffen lofted a 35-yard touchdown pass over a Mainland defender into Mungen's grasp in the end zone.

Let's see if my math's correct:

35-yard TD pass
20-yard screen pass
17-yard "floater"

That's 72 yards. So, they were on their own 28 yard line when they had their 4th-and-15 and only a 10-6 lead. They either totally trusted their defense to bail them out if they failed to convert the 4th down, or their punter really sucks.
 
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scooter1369

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MililaniBuckeye said:
With Seabreeze holding a precarious 10-6 lead, Saffen converted a fourth-and-15 with a 17-yard floater to Dominic Mungen, and then flipped a screen pass that Ben Robinson turned into a 20-yard gain to set up the decisive score. With six minutes, five seconds remaining, Saffen lofted a 35-yard touchdown pass over a Mainland defender into Mungen's grasp in the end zone.

Let's see if my math's correct:

35-yard TD pass
20-yard screen pass
17-yard "floater"

That's 72 yards. So, they were on their own 28 yard line when they had their 4th-and-15 and only a 10-6 lead. They either totally trusted their defense to bail them out if they failed to convert the 4th down, or their punter really sucks.

Mainland has three Div1A recruits on their offense (Jon Garner, Brian Ellis and Avery Atkins) and one of them is also a DB (Avery Atkins). If Seabreeze trusted their defense to stop those guys at their own 28, I wanna know who they have on defense.
 
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