- Coached by Jabbar Juluke at Edna Karr High School in New Orleans, La.
- Under Armour All-American.
- Ball-hawking corner recorded eight interceptions, including four that he returned for touchdowns as a senior. Also contributed 25 tackles and two fumble recoveries. Also had five returns for a touchdowns, including four via punt returns.
- Awarded All-New Orleans first-team All-Area honors by the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
- Earned Class 4A first-team All-State and first-team All-District 9-4A honors.
- In his junior season,Ellis recorded 55 tackles, 4 TFL, 5 INT, 5 PBU and was named first-team All-State; first-team All-District 9-4A.
- As a sophomore in 2010, Ellis had 39 tackles, 8 INT, 10 PBU.
- 4-star recruit by ESPN.com, Rivals.com, and Scout.com.
- Rated No. 21 CB by ESPN.com.
- Rated No. 19 CB by Rivals.com.
- Rated No. 28 CB by Scout.com.
- Chose A&M over Auburn, Cal, Florida State, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Nebraska, and Tennessee.