Four-star JUCO DT Josh Ellison had already hosted Oklahoma Sooners coaches this past week, and his officially visit was just the icing on the cake. It all culminated on Monday morning when the Blinn College standout publicly announced his commitment to OU.
I’m not looking for a team I’m looking for a family✊— Joshua Ellison (@ellisonjoshua5) December 14, 2019
Ellison certainly wasn’t shy about his feelings toward the Sooners and where they stood in his recruitment over the last week. He had been trending Oklahoma’s way before he even had a committable offer— that alone should tell you a lot about the prospect’s priority list. Ellison, the nation’s No. 2 JUCO DT, found comfort in defensive line coach Calvin Thibodeaux and chose the Sooners over Texas Tech and Texas A&M.
The former Texas A&M Consolidated (College Station) product is not Grinch’s first JUCO player and nor will he be the last of this 2020 cycle. He stands at a massive frame of 6’3, 295 lbs., but will definitely have to be “reshaped” by Bennie Wylie when he gets to Norman, Okla. He is also going to have to change the way he plays — he spent the year at Blinn playing defensive end and Grinch is going to want him to lose fat and gain muscle to play more inside at defensive tackle, where the Sooners are having to fill gaps for the 2020 football season.
Ellison is rated as the No. 2 overall defensive tackle for the JUCO ranks according to 247 rankings just behind his future teammate and fellow 2020 signee, Perrion Winfrey, who sits at No. 1. He is also rated as the No. 8 overall player in the JUCO ranks as well.
Alex Grinch and the Sooners are filling some major needs from guys that are playing JUCO ball and Ellison is going to continue that trend for them, but nor will he be the last signee of that nature. The Sooners have 20 total commitments and are No. 9 in the 247Composite Class Rankings. They also remain second in the Big 12 Recruiting Rankings.