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Javon Ellis started following the Army-Navy football rivalry closely when Ahmad Bradshaw was quarterback for the Black Knights just a few years ago.
Ellis, a defensive back from Phillips High School, is following the path of Bradshaw, a fellow Chicago native, to West Point. Ellis verbally committed to Army on Thursday.
“The decision came down to what I wanted for my life and my loved ones,” said Ellis, who announced an offer from Army on June 28. 
Ellis said West Point’s education was the top reason for his commitment. But, President Trump’s recent order for military academy graduates to defer service time to pursue professional sports was also a factor.
“The opportunity that Army gave me to put me in a position to get to the NFL separated them (from other schools),” said Ellis, who is Army’s second 2020 commit from Chicago, joining Westinghouse linebacker De’Andre Wilborn.

2020 commits (28)
SB Aaron Adams, 5-9, 165, Suncoast HS, Riviera Beach, Fla.: First offer – Army.
QB Donovan Anthony, 6-1, 192, Washington Wilkes HS, Washington, Ga. (COMMITTED, June 22)
S Hamilton Baker, 6-1, 200, Daphne (Ala.) HS: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Troy, South Alabama, Central Michigan, Coastal Carolina. Army official visit – June 14-16.
LB Dominick Barbuto, 6-2, 225, Lynbrook (N.Y.) HS: (COMMITTED, July 15)
QB Quincy Bonner, 6-2, 165, Meadowcreek HS, Norcross, Ga.
RB Jeremiah “Lucky” Brooks, 5-11, 205, Acadiana HS, Lafayette, La.
TE-DE Bryant Burns, 6-3, 228, Ozark (Ark.) HS: Other offers – Appalachian State. (COMMITTED, April 22)
S Kaiser Cambra-Cho, 6-2, 195, St. Louis HS, Honolulu, Hawaii: Other offers – Air Force. (COMMITTED, May 25)
FB Charlie Cole, 6-2, 225, Daniel Boone HS, Gray, Tenn.: Other offers – Navy, Tulane. 
RB Jarel Dickson, 6-foot, 215, Peabody HS, Trenton, Tenn.: 2018 stats – 1,260 rushing yards, 24 touchdowns. Other offers – Navy, Miami (Ohio), Western Kentucky. (COMMITTED, June 17)
DB Javon Ellis, 6-1, 180, Phillips HS, Chicago, Ill.: (COMMITTED, July 18) 
DE Rodney Faulk, 6-3, 230, Gonzaga HS, Washington, D.C.: Other offers – Navy, Central Michigan. Maryland resident. (COMMITTED, June 14)
C Aidan Gaines, 6-1, 285, Rome (Ga.) HS: Two-year starter. Other offers – Navy, Air Force. (COMMITTED, June 16)
QB Collin Guggenheim, 5-11, 205, John Curtis Christian HS, River Ridge, La.: 2018 stats – 1,128 rushing yards, 15 touchdowns, 1,096 passing yards, 10 touchdowns.
FB Kee Hawkins, 5-11, 215, Live Oak HS, Watson, La.: First offer – Army. (COMMITTED, June 21)
T David Hoyt, 6-6, 280, Tampa (Fla.) Catholic HS: Ranked 90th-best tackle of the 2020 class by 247 Sports. Other offers – Rutgers, Louisville, Illinois, Buffalo, Western Kentucky, Western Michigan, Tulane, Toledo, Ohio, Colorado State, Middle Tennessee State, Southern Mississippi, Liberty. (COMMITTED, March 30)
P-K Albert Jang, 6-2, 185, Peachtree Ridge HS, Suwanee, Ga. Other offers – Air Force (May 6) (COMMITTED, March 1)
CB Devin Lardge, 5-11, 180, Stafford HS, Falmouth, Va.: (COMMITTED, July 12)
DE Andre Miller, 6-3, 235, Savannah (Ga.) Country Day School: Army visit – June 14-16. Other offers – Navy, Colorado, Florida Atlantic, Florida International, Akron, Appalachian State, Southern Mississippi, Liberty, Coastal Carolina. (COMMITTED, June 16)
RB Dillan Monette, 5-7, 160, Acadiana HS, Lafayette, La. (COMMITTED, May 2)
CB Dominic Morris, 5-11, 160, Klein Oak HS, Spring, Texas: Other offers – Air Force, Louisiana-Monroe. (COMMITTED during official visit June 14-16)
OL Raleigh Oxendine, 6-2, 272, Jesuit HS, Tampa, Fla.: Other offers – Air Force (COMMITTED, June 28)
QB RJ Rosales, 5-10, 178, Evangelical Christian HS, Fort Myers, Fla.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force. Threw for 4,950 yards and 59 touchdowns in three seasons at Immokalee (Fla.) High. (COMMITTED, July 8)
LB Harrison Thomas, 6-1, 223, Clearwater (Fla.) Central Catholic HS: Other offers – Southern Mississippi. Army visit – June 5. 2018 stats – 19 tackles for loss, 11 sacks.
QB Delshawn Traylor, 5-11, 180, Helix HS, La Mesa, Calif.: Unofficial visit – June 17. Recruited as a safety by Air Force but not offered. First offer – Army. (COMMITTED, June 17).
LB De’Andre Wilborn, Westinghouse HS, Chicago, Ill.: Army visit – June 14-16. (COMMITTED, June 17)
RB-LB A.J. Williams, 6-1, 210, Aquinas HS, Augusta, Ga.: Army visit – June 14-16. Other offers – Navy. (COMMITTED, June 14-16).
S Tommy Zitiello, 6-2, 185, Ponte Vedra (Fla.) HS: Other offers – Navy. (COMMITTED, June 7) 

Here’s a list of the 2020 commitments by state – Georgia (6), Florida (6), Louisiana (4), Illinois (2), Tennessee (2), Alabama (1), Arkansas (1), California (1), Hawaii (1), Maryland (1), New York (1), Texas (1), Virginia (1)