Jahlil Mathis-Ellis (#55) played as an offensive lineman for Texas Southern University. Ellis grew up in Fairburn, Georgia and attended Langston Hughes High School. During his high school career, Ellis played on both sides of the line. While Ellis played and started all games on defense he was able to accumulate 43 tackles, 2 TFL, and 1 sack. Ellis also played and started every game as a member of the offensive line and was able to record 5 pancake blocks during that span. Ellis was ranked No. 17 in the state of Georgia and was also a part of the wrestling program.
Ellis had a very successful college career while a member of Texas Southern. During his collegiate experience, Ellis got the opportunity to play as a true freshman and saw immediate playing time in 2014. Ellis quickly made a name for himself as a solid offensive lineman who can create gaps for running backs and can hold the block during the pass. Ellis is athletic enough to follow the route downfield to help create space for the offense. Ellis commented on his collegiate experience and said, “during my time here at Texas Southern we didn’t win a lot of games, but I gained many brothers, and developed a strong pride for what whatever it takes to contribute to my team any way possible.”
Ellis said his toughest collegiate matchup came against Javancy Jones from Jackson State University. Ellis had to make sure he didn’t give any clues as to what the play might be because he said that Jones was a smart player. Ellis talked about his preparation and said, “I watched film continuously trying to recognize some of his tendencies, and he was a smart player so I had to analyze myself while watching film to correct anything.” Ellis was able to slow down Jones, who is now a member of the Arizona Cardinals. Ellis was able to hold his ground to solidify the block, although Jones broke free every so often Ellis was athletic enough to stay with him throughout the play.
Ellis is currently preparing to participate in the Texas Southern Pro Day in the coming weeks. Ellis has been working hard this offseason and talked about his main focus during this offseason. Ellis said, “i’m really just focusing on my quickness and polishing up my technique.” With many teams needing an interior lineman, Ellis would be the perfect candidate for a position on the roster as he has experience both blocking for the pass and the run and is athletic enough to run down field if need be.