Oakland Raiders defensive tackle Justin ‘Jellybean’ Ellis will return home to host his third annual Skills and Drills Football Camp on Saturday, July 6 at Neville’s Bill Ruple Stadium.
Open to ages 8-15, the free clinic will run from 9 a.m. until noon with gates opening at 8 a.m. Registration begins Friday, July 5. Space is limited to 400 campers.
Wide receiver Keon Hatcher, guard Denver Kirkland, running back Jalen Richard, defensive tackle Ronald Ollie and defensive end Arden Key of the Raiders will join Ellis at the camp. Other current NFL players who have committed to serve as instructors are New Orleans Saints defensive end Mario Edwards, Carolina Panthers defensive end Bruce Irvin, Chicago Bears outside linebacker Khalil Mack, New York Giants cornerback Antonio Hamilton and Baltimore Ravens running back Kenneth Dixon.
Also listed as instructors are former NFL players Quinton Patton (wide receiver, San Francisco 49ers) and Leon Orr (defensive tackle, Miami Dolphins).
Following a stellar prep career at Neville, Ellis signed with Louisiana Tech. He was selected by the Raiders in the fourth round as the No. 107 overall pick of the 2014 NFL draft. In five NFL seasons, he has appeared in 66 games and started 42.
For camp information, contact Autumn Roberts at 332-3446.
In addition, Ellis will be the guest of honor at a July 5 meet and greet from 7-9 p.m. at Bayou Pointe on the campus of ULM. The event will include a silent auction and dinner. Entertainment will be provided by comedians Darrell Comanche and Big Skinny.
Admission is $25 with proceeds going to the Justin Ellis Foundation to support community projects.
Any businesses or individuals interested in contributing to the silent auction may contact Autumn Roberts at 332-3446.
Both the camp and meet and greet are presented by the Ballengee Group.