Ellis posted 102 total tackles in his four-year career at Louisiana Tech with 9.5 tackles for a loss of 21 yards. He forced two fumbles and recovered two fumbles in his career and was credited with three QB hurries and three pass break-ups.
2013 Honorable Mention All-Conference USA (Coaches).
Recorded 21 total tackles (nine solo, 12 assisted) in 2012 with two forced fumbles and one pass break-up ... Registered three solo tackles and recorded his first career forced fumble at Houston (9/8) ... Recorded four total tackles (one solo, three assisted) against Rice (9/15) ... Registered three assisted tackles while also being credited with a pass break-up at Illinois (9/22) ... In his first action since injuring his ankle at Virginia (9/29), recorded two total tackles against UTSA (11/3) ... Assisted on one tackle at Texas State (11/10) ... Registered one solo tackle against Utah State (11/17) ... Set a career-high seven total tackles at San Jose State (11/24) with three solo stops and four assisted tackles while forcing a fumble.
A second team All-WAC selection ... Recorded 29 total tackles (11 solo, 18 assisted) on the year with 3.5 tackles for a loss of seven yards, one sack for a loss of one yard, one QB hurry and one pass break-up ... Registered one assisted tackle at Southern Miss (9/3) ... Recorded a career-best three tackles against Central Arkansas (9/10) ... Assisted on a tackle against Houston (9/17) ... Credited with one assisted tackle and one QB hurry at Mississippi State (9/24) ... His lone assisted tackle against Hawai'i (10/1) was for a loss of one yard ... Recorded two solo tackles and a pass break-up that was almost an interception at Idaho (10/8).Assisted on a tackle at Utah State (10/22) while holding the nation's sixth-ranked rushing offense to only 166 yards on the ground ... Registered three total tackles against San Jose State (10/29) while helping hold the Spartans to only 12 yards rushing ... Recorded three solo tackles at Fresno State (11/5) and helped hold the WAC's top rusher (Robbie Rouse) to less than 100 yards on the ground ... Recorded three total tackles at Ole Miss (11/12) while assisting on a sack for a loss of one yard in a 27-7 win ... Tallied two total tackles including a tackle for a loss of two yards in Tech's 24-20 win at Nevada (11/19) ... Tallied five total tackles against New Mexico State (11/26) with 1.5 tackles for a loss of three yards and assisting on a sack and also recovering a fumble as Tech clinched a WAC Championship ... Recorded three total tackles against No. 15 TCU (12/21) with two solo stops and one assisted tackle.
Played in four games ... Recorded four tackles and assisted on a sack while also recovering one fumble on the year ... Recorded two solo tackles against Fresno State (11/6) ... Assisted on a sack for a loss of a yard at New Mexico State (11/13) ... Recovered a fumble at San Jose State (11/27) ... Assisted on a tackle against No. 14 Nevada (12/4).
Redshirted, did not play.
Lettered three years for coach Mickey McCarty at Neville High School in Louisiana ... Two-time first team all-District 2-4A ... Named first team all-state by the LSWA as a senior ... Named second team all-state by the Louisiana Football Coaches Association as a junior ... Two-time all-Northeast Louisiana by the Monroe News-Star ... Selected to play in the inaugural Sportsman Paradise Bowl game ... Also lettered for three years on the Neville track and field team, competing in the shot put ... Finished third in the state of Louisiana in the shot put as a junior.
Full name is Justin Jamaal Ellis ... Son of Gloria Ellis and Jared Mack ... Has one brother, SirDarius, and one sister, LeNelle ... Born Dec. 27, 1990 in Monroe, La.
05/12/2014 - Justin Ellis of Louisiana Tech, the first of two fourth-round picks by the Raiders, has struggled with his weight on occasion, getting into the 390s at one point during his college career. Ellis got to 334 pounds for the scouting combine, but told reporters by conference call he was back up to 346 pounds. "I've always been a hard worker, but as far as my weight, I tried to make sure I was consistent just so teams would know I'm not a guy that will swell up on them," Ellis said. "It's been a grind because I'm a built guy just naturally. I gain weight easily but I lose weight easily too, so my weight fluctuates. I haven't lost control of it." Ellis said he grew up idolizing Warren Sapp but as a professional has come to admire a player closer to his own style of play. "As far as going into the draft and the last couple of years, Vince Wilfork has grown on me a lot," Ellis said. "I like the way he plays the game and I kind of model my game after him." - The Sports Xchange