As a member of the 2014 recruiting class, Jeffersonville (In) High School’s Drew Ellis has plenty of time remaining on his recruiting calendar, but despite the dozens of scholarship offers that were sure to come his way, the highly-touted prospect made his college choice just hours after receiving his first offer.
Last summer, University of Louisville baseball coach Dan McDonnell extended a scholarship offer and within hours Ellis would inform the Cardinals skipper that he was ready to commit.
“I always wanted to be a Cardinal,” said the All-State shortstop.
Considered one of the top prospects in the nation at any position, reaching as high as 5th in one publication, Ellis (6’3, 190) was already drawing interest from Arkansas, Arizona, Florida and Stanford before the Louisville offer.
His desire to become a Cardinal began when he was 11 and started going to U of L’s baseball camps at Jim Patterson Stadium.
“My dad would always send me to the U of L camps and I would talk to Coach Mac,” he told Cardinal Authority. “The facilities there are so nice, I love the staff there and the overall atmosphere at U of L is great, so it’s a total win-win situation for me.”
Ellis’ baseball journey has been one filled with moments that many kids dream of while starting out on little league diamonds. He was a member of Jeffersonville’s Little League World Series team in 2008, where he tossed a no-hitter, and he grabbed the attention of college and professional scouts during his first year of high school.
“Growing up we watched the [Little League] World Series, but we never thought about it,” he explained. “We just played one game at a time and then when we got there it was a really cool experience. Now in high school and going to play for the Cardinals and having pro scouts coming up to me, it really is a dream come true.”
While he won’t join the Cardinals program until 2014, Ellis remains in frequent contact with Coach McDonnell and is planning on making a few visits during the coming months. He’ll be in attendance for a few upcoming basketball games at the KFC Yum! Center as guest of the baseball program and he’ll take in some of the baseball team’s practices, which begin on January 25.
“I’m going to go to some of the basketball games coming up and I’ll go to as many of the baseball games as I can to really get the feel of it over there. I am extremely ready to get started there. Part of me wishes that my senior season would already get here and go by pretty fast, but I’m also looking forward to enjoying my senior year.”
Also a guard on Jeffersonville’s basketball team, Ellis will begin baseball practice near the start of March and his focus will be on helping the Red Devils advance further in the Indiana State playoffs.
“We went to the regional championship last year and got beat on a walk off home run, so we are really looking forward to getting back to that game and going on further,” he said.
He’s also looking to improve his overall game, both at the plate and in the field.
“I’d like to have a higher batting average, improve my approach to the game and play faster. Coach Mac and a bunch of other scouts have always told me that I need to play faster, so that’s what I’m going to try to really improve on this year.”