Former Kentridge Star Ellis Commits to Washington

Dec. 22, 2000

City College of San Francisco linebacker Kai Ellis today signed a letter of intent to join the University of Washington football team in 2001, joining junior college teammate Taylor Barton as UW's first official signees of the mid-year junior college signing period.

The 6-3, 245-pound Ellis was one of the top-rated junior college defensive players in the nation in 2000, according to, and was named California State Defensive Player of the Year, Golden Gate Conference Player of the Year, and Northern California Player of the Year following his second season at CCSF, helping the Rams to a 12-0 record and an unprecedented second-consecutive JC Grid-Wire National Championship.

A 1998 graduate of Kentridge High School in Kent, Wash., Ellis earned Defensive MVP honors in CCSF's 31-13 California State Championship win over Bakersfield, recording nine tackles, one sack, and two blocked field goals.

'In his junior college career, he never lost a game,' says CCSF head coach George Rush. 'He was the best player on a team of great players.'

Ellis announced his commitment yesterday, but waited until today to sign his letter of intent, so that he could be with his parents. Ellis chose Washington over Nebraska and Arizona.

'I wanted to see the academics, and what they had to offer as far as a football program,' Ellis told last night. 'For the Huskies, the academics were just as good as the other two, and my Mom said that she'd be able to come to all the home games if I went there. But really, I just want to win. That's it.'

Ellis will join the team following the Rose Bowl, and enroll in school Jan. 2.

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