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Iowa G Emarion Ellis commits to Texas

Shaka Smart lands his second pledge in what will be a large 2021 recruiting class.

Emarion Ellis

The 2021 recruiting class is starting to come together for head coach Shaka Smart and the Texas Longhorns with Tuesday’s commitment from Davenport (Iowa) Assumption guard Emarion Ellis.

Like the other pledge in the class, North Carolina power forward Keeyan Itejere, Ellis is an under-the-radar prospect whose stock hasn’t had a chance to take off yet due to the coronavirus pandemic. The 6’5, 175-pound point guard only boasts three other offers at this time — Bryant, Louisiana Tech, and Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

So when Texas offered in June, Ellis didn’t need much time to decide.

Also a standout quarterback in football, Ellis is ranked as a point guard by 247Sports and considered a shooting guard by Rivals. Call him a combo guard then. Since he just turned 17 in July, Ellis is young for his class and fits the profile of the more developmental prospects that Smart likes to take because he’s a strong raw athlete who can handle the ball and has an improving jump shot.

Ellis is not yet ranked by 247Sports. Rivals ranks him as a three-star prospect and the No. 50 shooting guard nationally.