Hoosiers add to 2019 class with 3-star athlete

Tom Allen continues to pursue versatile two-way athletes.

On Tuesday, he landed another.

Indiana picked up a verbal commitment from three-star prospect David Ellis, who decommitted from Central Michigan and flipped to IU. Ellis plays both receiver and defensive back, and was recruited by Indiana running backs coach Mike Hart.

“Can’t wait to start the next four-year chapter,” Ellis wrote in a message posted on Twitter.

The 6-foot, 190-pound Chippewa Valley senior picked up his IU offer in January and committed to Central Michigan in April. Ellis visited Bloomington in June and decided Tuesday that he wished to become a Hoosier.

Ellis is considered the No. 31 overall prospect in the state of Michigan. According to his Hudl page, Ellis says he runs a 4.45 40-yard dash.

“David Ellis is one of the most versatile players in the state,” Chippewa Valley coach Scott Merchant told The Detroit Free Press this summer. “He can play inside or outside receiver, cornerback on safety. He is a sprinter with size and speed. Add his athleticism and you have an outstanding player.”

Ellis is the 17th player to pledge to IU’s 2019 recruiting class and the second to commit this week. The Hoosiers landed four-star Avon running back Sampson James on Sunday evening.


  1. don’t quite understand this pickup. Running backs room getting crowded. Maybe he’s this year’s Stevie Scott in that if he can’t make it as a running back he can still be used as a slot receiver? Got 2 good backs this year in Scott and Walker. Got 2 good ones next year in James and sleeper pick Ivory Winters. Got 2 possibly coming back from suspension or injury in Ellison and Gest. 6 quality backs AND this kid? There’s just one ball?

      1. ummmm Chet….recruited by Mike Hart, not Grant Heard. What does 2 and 2 make if you put them together? Can you put 2 and 2 together Chet? Try real hard….

        1. In CFB recruiting most programs assign recruiting responsibilities geographically. Hart is responsible for Michigan, New York and probably more. Heard has Tenn., I believe Miss. + others. Lead recruiters can court any player at any position they believe can pass muster with Allen. Most of their commits do not play the position they’re hired to coach.

  2. I always use espn ratings as reference for consistency in looking at players. This is an excellent recruit for IU unless there are unknown issues that I don’t know about. He is a very solid 3 star @ 77 player that can play somewhere offense or defense. IU cannot turn down highly rated 3 stars. My question is only offers were from Mac type schools. Was this because he committed to Central Michigan early? It seems like Louisville and similar schools would have recruited him and he would have a long list of offers?

  3. I don’t see anywhere he is earmarked as RB. Other than the fact Mike Hart is lead recruiter in Michigan for obvious reasons does not mean this player will play RB. He’ll certainly get a look at Slot/WR/PR/KR and for sure Allen always likes Athletes on D. I read he is a hard-nosed individual. If so combine that with sprinter speed and he can take his pick of several skill positions. Hart again has lifted my original opinions of him being on the IU staff. He had a lot to do with Sampson James flipping his decision. This recruiting Allen and even more important IU must have. Sure hope Allen, Heard and adding in Hart can secure the WR Bell.

  4. Watching tape of Ellis he looks like a slot receiver for IU. With the graduation of Timian and Harris after this year, IU needs more slot receivers with speed and this kid has speed. I think this is an important pick up for IU and adds a solid player for the 2019 class.

  5. Sounds like a good get for IU. 4.45 speed with size and versatility! What’s not to like?

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