The file on Bruce Ellington
Ellington was considered a two-star wide receiver prospect coming out of Berkeley High School in Moncks Corner, South Carolina. Ellington was thought of as more of a basketball product coming out of high school where he was the No. 96 overall basketball player according to Rivals.com. He won a state championship as a quarterback in high school. He decided to attend South Carolina University.
Ellington didn’t participate in football as a freshman, deciding to focus on basketball. In 2011, Ellington played in 13 games (starting two), grabbing 17 receptions for 211 yards and 20 kickoff returns for 463 yards. He started all 13 games in 2012, generating 40 catches for 600 yards and seven touchdowns. Ellington led South Carolina with 49 receptions for 775 yards and eight touchdowns in 13 games (starting 11). Ellington grabbed six balls for 140 yards and two touchdowns in his final game against Wisconsin. He was a three-year starter at point guard.
Ellington ranked in the top-five among wide receivers at the combine in the vertical jump (39.5 inches), 20-yard shuttle (3.95 seconds) and the 60-yard shuttle (11.12 seconds). The San Francisco 49ers selected Ellington with the No. 6 pick in the fourth round (No. 106 overall).