PRIOR TO DUKE: Played at Southern Vance under coaches Darry Ragland and Lewis Young ... three-star prospect according to ESPN.com, Rivals.com and 247Sports.com ... consensus top-60 tight end nationally by Rivals.com (No. 33), ESPN.com (No. 37) and 247Sports.com (No. 60) ... 2016 USA Today North Carolina first team all-state selection ... named to the Northern Carolina 2A all-conference squad as both a sophomore and junior ... missed entire senior season due to injury ... during junior year, led the team in receiving with 35 catches for 613 yards and nine TDs ... as a sophomore, caught 31 passes for 536 yards and seven TDs ... as a freshman, caught 33 passes for 342 yards and two TDs ... also played basketball.
PERSONAL: Born March 17, 2000 ... son of Zandria and Patrick Ellis.