The Path to Norman
Joshua Ellison, a Texas native, had a relatively short recruiting experience with the Sooners. After starting college in the JUCO ranks at Blinn College, he was committed to Texas A&M until December, 2019; then, OU entered the picture. Ellison decommitted from the Aggies, received an offer from Oklahoma, took a visit to Norman, committed to the Sooners, and signed all within the span of two weeks.
Career so Far
Ellison immediately made an impact in his first season with the Sooners as a rotation player. The lineman played in all 11 games, starting in two of them, and ranked fourth among linemen in tackles.
Position: Defensive Lineman
The defensive line was a strength for the Sooners last season and looks to be again in 2021. OU’s three main guys at nose tackle this season – Perrion Winfrey, Jordan Kelley, and Ellison – are all returning from 2020. Winfrey will be the starter, but both Kelley and Ellison will see valuable minutes at a deep position. While Kelley and Ellison are juniors, Winfrey is a senior; Ellison can solidify a starting role in 2022 with an impact season in 2021. TFB has reported that Ellison has been one of this spring’s best players on the defensive line; look for a solid season from the big guy.