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Jabari Ellis

Jabari Ellis, former Lake Marion High School standout defensive tackle, speaks with media during his commitment announcement July 4 at The Times and Democrat.

Former Lake Marion High School standout Jabri Ellis committed to South Carolina over the summer and has remained firm in that pledge as he plays out his final season at Georgia Military College before arriving in Columbia for the 2018 season.

"My season is going well," Ellis told "I’m playing D-end in our three-man front. This year a lot of teams are aware of me. I have about 14 tackles and four sacks so far. Right now I’m just really focusing on improving my technique."

The 6-foot-4, 290-pound Ellis is being recruited to play multiple positions along a South Carolina front that will lose starters Dante Sawyer and Taylor Stallworth and reserve Ulric Jones after this season.

Ellis, who will likely be used inside at the 3-technique and outside at the 5-technique in certain scenarios, has been impressed with the progress of a defense that's now allowing just 19.3 points per game.

"It’s great," Ellis said. "I’ve watched every game and just the way the team has been playing is tremendous. Seeing them bounce back from injuries and losses shows a lot about the players and the coaches. The defense is starting to get things rolling and that plays a big part since I’m a defensive linemen."

Ellis remains in consistent contact with both head coach Will Muschamp and defensive line coach Lance Thompson, who headed up his recruitment.

"Talks now are mainly letting me know what’s going on there and checking up on me," Ellis explained. "Coach Muschamp is coming here tomorrow. So basically they’re just ready for me to come in and want to make sure I’m taking care of my business here and aware of what’s going on there."

Ellis will take his official visit to Columbia on the weekend of December 8.

He plans to sign during December's early signing period and is working toward enrolling in January.


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