HUNTINGTON, TX (KTRE) - It was a very good day for Huntington Red Devil center Jay Ellis.
The senior signed his national letter of Intent to play college football at Franklin-Pierce University in New Hampshire.
"It was a long time coming," Ellis said. "It just shows that if you work hard, that it will pay off."
Ellis was one of the senior leaders that emerged under first-year head coach Jim Kerbow.
"He really stepped up this year," Kerbow said. "He is a hard worker on and off the field. right now in the off-season, he is in the weight room everyday helping out the underclassman. He doesn't have to do that but he is there."
Huntington went 1-9 this past season and Ellis was selected to the second-team All-District team. Ellis will be joining the Ravens football program that competes in the Northeast-10 Conference of the NCAA DII ranks.
"I have been wanting to get out of Texas for a while and explore the world.I think going 1,800 miles away will be a good opportunity for me," Ellis said.
Ellis also used the opportunity to pop a big-time question to one of his closest friends. After officially signing, Ellis called for Sarah Howard to come forward. Ellis would pull out a poster that asked her to go to prom with him. The wording was similar to the letter Ellis had just signed. It even came with a spot for her to sign.
"We have been best friends for a long time," Howard said. "I knew he might ask. It did not come as a shock. On Monday he told me to wear something nice today so I thought, 'Well maybe'. I think this was sweet. He did it at the perfect time."