Noel Ellis became a household name in the New Orleans area following a sophomore season in which he produced 39 tackles and 8 interceptions. Opponents spent a lot of time throwing away from Noel during his junior year, but he still posted 55 tackles, five interceptions, four tackles for loss and five additional pass breakups. By the time of his commitment to Texas A&M last June, Ellis held offers from runner-up Tennessee, Florida State, Auburn, Texas, Ole Miss, KSU, Nebraska, TCU, Mississippi State and several others.
Area recruiter Marcel Yates and the Aggies targeted the 5-10, 170-pounder very early in the process. Yate rated the 5-10, 170-pounder as one of the Southeast’s elite-level defensive backs. The Aggies are getting a supremely athletic cover corner that can really flip his hips and run. The agile, cat-quick defensive back consistently shows the ability to play at the line of scrimmage and tremendous anticipation when breaking on the football. Noel’s pure athleticism and knack for making plays on the ball are other obvious strengths.
With 21 interceptions over the past three seasons, Ellis can be described as a playmaker and natural ballhawk. Eight of those picks came during a first team All-District, All-Area and All-State senior season. While helping to lead Edna Carr to Louisiana’s Class 4A state championship, Ellis intercepted 8 passes and took four to the house. He also returned four punts and a kickoff for a score.
Last fall, Yates and Mark Snyder started true freshman DeVante Harris in the A&M secondary for about half the season. As a pure cover man and playmaker, Noel Ellis is every bit as talented and further along in his physical development at the same stage. Ellis is on a short list of candidates from the 2013 class that could have an immediate impact on the Wrecking Crew as a starter or key contributor.
Stats2010 39 tackles, 8 INT, 10 PBU
2011 55 tackles, 4 TFL, 5 INT, 5 PBU
2012: 8 INTs; 4 returned for touchdowns; 25 tackles; 6 PBUs; 2 FR; 4 punt returns for a TD; 1 kickoff returned for a TD; 11 catches for 103 yards and 2 TDs
Honors2011 LHSSA First Team All-State; 9-4A First Team All-District
2012: All-New Orleans First Team All-Area (Times-Picayune); 4A First Team All-State (LSWA); Under Armour All-American; 9-4A First Team All-District