- Max Olson, ESPN Staff Writer
Texas has a new contender for an offer as it continues to address its secondary needs for the 2013 recruiting class.
Four-star cornerback Noel Ellis (New Orleans/Edna Karr) received a visit from Texas assistants Bo Davis and Darrell Wyatt on Wednesday and plans to attend the Longhorns’ camp on June 3.
“Texas is an excellent program on a big stage,” his father, Noel Ellis Sr. said. “We’ve got our sights set on being on the big stage. Texas is definitely a school we’ll consider, especially if they show mutual interest. If Texas was to offer, that would definitely propel them into the top three.”
The 5-foot-10, 175-pound junior is the No. 17 cornerback in the nation and already holds more than 20 offers with several SEC schools leading the way.
“Right now Texas A&M, Tennessee, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Colorado round out the top five,” Ellis Sr. said. “These schools are doing a heck of a job recruiting him and definitely expressing that they want him.”
Texas' visit wasn’t a surprise. Secondary coach Duane Akina contacted Ellis Sr. earlier this spring and told the family he’s been looking forward to seeing Ellis compete at UT’s camp.
On Wednesday night, Akina made another call to Ellis' father to reiterate Texas’ interest.
“He said he heard some great things from his fellow coaches (who visited),” Ellis Sr. said. “He told me the history of Texas DBs that are in the NFL and how Noel fits the aggressive style of play they use there at Texas.”
The younger Ellis hopes a strong showing at Texas’ one-day summer camp will lead to the offer he covets, and he wants to prove he’s among the nation’s best corners.
“I think he’s feeling a great deal of disrespect right now,” his father said. “He’s competed at underclassmen combines with some of the elite players. We feel like he’s right there with them, if not better. He kind of has a chip on his shoulder.”
One school Texas won’t be competing with for Ellis’ pledge is LSU.
The Tigers have yet to offer a scholarship and have “dropped the ball throughout this whole process,” his father said.
“They’re not even on our radar. They’re totally out of the picture,” Ellis Sr. said. “It’ll be a cold day in hell and the devil will go ice skating before I allow my son to go to LSU.
“He’s the No. 1 defensive back in the state of Louisiana, and he’s not even being recruiting by the state school. They dropped the ball. They’re not even in contention.”