A small army of prospects flocked to the Forty Acres over the weekend for the Texas Longhorns Junior Day, traveling from various parts of the state and the nation.
Three-star Baylor wide receiver pledge Jaylen Ellis was among the bunch, making the short trek from Round Rock Cedar Ridge.
“Great! Loved every second,” Ellis told Burnt Orange Nation of his visit, calling it a “great environment, great place.”
State of the art facilities and an upward trajectory on the field considered, Ellis noted “the amount of emphasis they put on education” compared to other visits elsewhere as what impressed him the most.
Ellis left with plenty of praise for program beyond education, though, including some for Texas wide receivers coach Drew Mehringer, whom Ellis said he spent a considerable amount of time with.
“Loved coach Mehringer for sure,” Ellis said. “He’s a dude I really connect with.”
Although Mehringer and the ‘Horns haven’t yet extended an offer, if and when one does come, it would leave the local product with plenty to think about, thanks in large part to the program’s proximity to his family.
“100% would give them a shot, Texas is home to my family,” Ellis said. “Very special. All of my family is stationed in Austin so no matter what, contact wouldn’t be a struggle.”
Bearing in mind that Ellis praised the education at Texas and how easy it would be to stay in close contact with his family, the Longhorns would be in a great position if an offer came, as Texas checks each of Ellis’ big boxes.
When asked what he would need to see from the program he ultimately signs with, Ellis said, “I need of course good contact with family, and just a good education.”
Ellis has nearly an entire year to figure out which program best fits those needs, and in the meantime, the Baylor pledge will continue to evaluate his options and begin his official visit tours. To this point, Ellis is only certain that he’ll visit Michigan State, and Houston will “most likely” receive an official visit, as well.
Fresh off of a junior campaign in which he hauled in 56 receptions for 1,247 yards and 14 touchdowns, Ellis is ranked as the nation’s No. 79 wide receiver and the No. 69 player in Texas, per the 247Sports Composite.