MONCKS CORNER, SC -
University of South Carolina junior wide receiver Bruce Ellington was selected by the San Francisco 49ers in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He was the 106th player taken overall.
Ellington, a 5-9, 197-pound wide receiver from Moncks Corner, S.C., was the Gamecocks’ top receiver in 2013 with 49 catches for 75 yards and eight touchdowns. During his career, he logged 106 receptions for 1,586 yards and 16 touchdown catches. A two-sport standout, Ellington was a three-year starter on the hardwood, averaging over 11 points per game for the Carolina men’s basketball team. He earned a spot on the SEC All-Freshman team in both football and basketball.
"Coming into the draft, you never know who's going to get you," Ellington said. "I was just ready for the call. I am just excited for whoever called me. I'm happy that I can be a part of that team."
Ellington will join former Gamecock and current 49ers running back Marcus Lattimore.
"I haven't talked to him," Ellington said. "He's actually one of the guys who when I first got to Carolina, I played basketball, so he was one of the guys that told me to come out and play football. He's a leader and I know the work ethic he has… You know being with Lattimore, the hard work he does, you know, he had two surgeries and to come back and still play football, it's just a blessing for him and a blessing for me to be together."
Ellington is the second Gamecock taken in the 2014 NFL Draft, joining defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, who was selected by the Houston Texans with the first pick in the draft.
"I'm just ready to come in there and work," Ellington said. "[They] told me just be ready to compete and I'm ready for that. I'm ready to compete against anybody."
Ellington’s cousin, Andre Ellington, is a running back for the Arizona Cardinals.