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Toledo football staying local with 2020 class

In its 2020 recruiting class, the University of Toledo football team is placing a high emphasis on recruiting in its own backyard.

With a recent splash on the recruiting trail, Toledo is up to nine commitments in the class — seven from the state of Ohio and one each from Michigan and Indiana.

On Tuesday, Sawiaha Ellis, a 6-foot-2, 220-pound athlete from Fairfield High School, committed to the Rockets.

A three-star recruit according to, Ellis was garnering interest from Mid-American Conference schools with offers from Ball State, Bowling Green, Eastern Michigan, Western Michigan, and Kent State.