Multiple media outlets which cover USC reported Wednesday night USC point guard Bruce Ellington has decided to play football as well this coming season. Ellington was a standout football player at Berkeley High School before deciding to sign a basketball letter of intent with USC last November.
And a source told SportsTalkSC.com Wednesday night Ellington did not participate in the basketball team’s workout Wednesday. The source also said Gamecock basketball coach Darrin Horn met with football coach Steve Spurrier Wednesday about Ellington.
Tony Morrell of TheBigSpur.com reported Ellington would play wide receiver and returns punts/kicks. He also reported Ellington could join the the football team for practice Thursday.
But according to the rules of the National Letter of intent program, Ellington can not practice with the football team this spring. The rule is as follows:
Early Signing Period Penalties. Prospective student-athletes who will participate in football are prohibited from signing an NLI during the early signing period. A student who signs an NLI during the early period in a sport other than football will be ineligible for practice and competition in football during the student’s first year of enrollment at an NLI member institution and shall forfeit one season of competition in football. In circumstances where a student’s primary sport is not football, but the student anticipates participating in football, the student should delay signing an NLI until either the football signing period or during the regular signing period for all other sports.