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story.lead_photo.caption NWA Democrat-Gazette/BEN GOFF @NWABENGOFF Chad Morris, Arkansas head coach, speaks Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018, during a press conference to introduce new assistant coaches at the Fred W. Smith Football Center in Fayetteville. - Photo by Ben Goff

Defensive end Colt Ellison, one of the top prospects in Texas and the nation, visited the Arkansas Razorbacks on Saturday with his parents to evaluate the Hogs and the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.

The visit "for sure bumped it up there," Ellison said.

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Ellison, 6-3, 231, 4.65 of Aledo, Texas, has offers from Arkansas, Notre Dame, TCU, Penn State, Baylor, Texas Tech, Minnesota and others. For Ellison, there was a lot to like during his visit to Fayetteville.

"It was great, it was amazing," said Ellison, who is being recruited by cornerbacks coach Mark Smith. "It's a great place. Everything is like state of the art. The weight room is huge and long, the indoor is 100 yards long."

CBS Sports Network national recruiting analyst Tom Lemming rates Ellison a 4-star-plus prospect, just shy of being a 5-star.

"Ellison is the fastest rising prospect in the metroplex," Lemming said. "In fact, I'm making a special trip to his high school next month to see him. He's aggressive and has a non-stop motor and shows good use of hands along with excellent technique."

Ellison recorded 96 tackles -- 18 for loss -- 13.5 sacks, 7 pass deflections, 1 interception, 2 forced fumbles and 2 recovered fumbles as a junior for powerhouse Aledo. He also gets it done in the classroom with a 3.8 grade-point average.

"They have a great business program and that's what I'm going to do," Ellison said of Arkansas. "They were telling me it was one the top ones in the country. I haven't really looked into it, but that's what they said."

He was able to have some one-on-one time with Coach Chad Morris.

"He talked about the plans for me," he said. "He told me to make sure I take all of my visits and find the right place, no matter where it was."

Ellison's mother commented on the professionalism of the staff.

"Mom likes it a lot," Ellison said.

Aledo usually produces some top talent on a regular basis, and this year is no exception. Highly recruited cornerback Jeffery Carter and sophomore running back Jase McClellan, an Oklahoma commitment, are Razorback targets.

"I'm going to tell them they need to get up here," Ellison said.

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