WEST JEFFERSON — Colin Ellis had quite possibly the best individual season that Ashe County High School has ever seen.
Ellis, the senior quarterback for the Huskies, led all players in the state of North Carolina with 4,682 yards of total offense and was fourth in the entire country according to statistics provided by MaxPreps.
Ellis also finished off back-to-back seasons of at least 3,000 passing yards with 3,464 yards through the air. On the ground, Ellis was just as explosive with 1,218 rushing yards.
When it was all said and done, Ellis ended up accounting for 51 total touchdowns, 33 through the air and 18 on the ground.
While the Huskies’ record might not reflect just how great of a year Ellis had, the stats don’t lie.
Now, the senior will turn his attention towards the future and with help from the Ashe County coaches, hopefully a chance to shine on a college roster somewhere.
“The numbers kind of speak for themselves when you look at them. Colin obviously knows how to move the football,” said Drew Piscopo, the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Huskies. “His biggest strength is his mobility and creativity. He was at his best when the play broke down and he could create on his own.”
Before the season started, Piscopo said they emailed every NCAA Division II school from Georgia to West Virginia and even a few in Pennsylvania, somewhere between 50 and 100 schools.
Schools such as Davidson, Carson-Newman, Virginia State, Mars Hill, Lenoir-Rhyne and Tusculum have all shown different levels of interest so far.
Emory & Henry, the school where Piscopo played quarterback during his college career, also has some interest in the Husky standout.
This week, a graduate assistant from East Tennessee State, a current member of the Southern Conference in the Football Championship Subdivision, has been in touch with the coaches about Ellis.
With National Signing Day for football still a little less than three months away, there will be plenty of time for Colin to decide what he wants to do.
“If I’m evaluating a kid, I look to see if he is throwing the ball in the right spot. When you get to college, everybody can throw it. The thing that separates you is are you throwing it to the right person in the right spot,” said Piscopo. “Colin is great at decision making and is smart. He has a 4.3 GPA and throws the ball on time and to the right person.”
Nathan Ham can be reached at 336-489-3062.