Varsity Preps

Danterius Ellington C/O 2016 Spotlight

When watching Danterius Ellington’s highlights, it’s hard to tell whether a video game or real game footage is on the screen.

That’s because the sophomore quarterback out of Center Hill High School (Olive Branch, MS) displays unreal elusiveness and awareness on the field.

In his first full year under center, Ellington completed 151-of-271 passes for 1,971 yards and 21 touchdowns and set a new school record for passing yards in a season. He also made plays with his feet, dashing for 687 yards and seven scores on the ground.

“I backed up a senior during my freshman year and had a chance to really learn the offense,” Ellington said. “I played some safety toward the end of the year but moved back to quarterback in the spring. I had a good feeling that I was going to be the starter since I knew the offense.”

Ellington turned plenty of heads last season with his playmaking abilities. He bobbed and weaved in and out of tackles, completed incredible passes that were never supposed to leave his hand and turned disaster into diamonds on many different occasions throughout the year. His ability to elude defenders could be attributed to the age-old saying: “practice makes perfect.”

“At practice, we had a drill that would teach us to spin out of sacks,” Ellington said. “So when I was bored at home, I would just go outside a practice that drill over and over. That really helped me make plays when I was in trouble.”

The 6’1, 174-pound field general has drawn comparisons to Teddy Bridgewater and Johnny Manziel with his style of play. He studies their highlights, along with film from Cam Newton and Robert Griffin III for tips on how to improve his game. Ellington mentioned Vince Young as his early inspiration to play quarterback, but he currently aspires to model his game after Johnny Football.

“There were times when I’d come off the field and my coaches would would say, ‘That was a Manziel play,'” Ellington said. “I love how Manziel plays and how calm he is. He keeps making plays and keeps making plays no matter what; I love the way he competes. I went to the Texas A&M vs. Ole Miss game, and he doesn’t worry about the crowd. He just stays calm; it’s like it’s just practice for him.”

Ellington has already caught the attention of several schools. Mississippi State and Memphis have expressed interest in him, and he recently received his first offer from Northeast Mississippi Community College. Since he wants to play relatively close to home, Mississippi State and Southern Mississippi are a couple of his early favorites.

Junior Days at University of Louisiana-Monroe, Mississippi State and Memphis are a few visits that Ellington has lined up, as well as plans to camp “everywhere” in the summer.

Through the air and on the ground, Ellington is a playmaker. He’ll naturally get stronger and improve on his already impressive skill set as his high school career progresses. His throwing mechanics could use some tweaking, but that’s an area he said he works to improve everyday. One thing is for sure, Ellington has loads of potential and is certainly fun to watch.

 

Danterius Ellington’s Sophomore Highlights: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1586200/dan-ellington

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