MONCKS CORNER - Bruce Ellington had to wait longer than expected, but that didn't hold back his unbridled emotion when the San Francisco 49ers drafted him early in the fourth round Saturday.
Ellington received a call with a San Jose, Calif., area code shortly before 12:30 p.m. On the other end was San Francisco head coach Jim Harbaugh. He informed Ellington the 49ers would select him with the 106th overall pick in the draft, the sixth pick of the fourth round.
The 49ers spoke with Ellington at the NFL Combine in February, but there was no contact since. Ellington flew to several teams for workouts, but not San Francisco.
A member of the 49ers staff asked Ellington if he'd ever been to California. The answer was no.
"That's the crazy thing about being drafted and entering the draft - you never know who's going to get you," Ellington said. "It could be a team you've never talked to, you never work out for, and they'll call you up and tell you they want you. That's what film is for, and that's a team believing in you. I'm happy that they believe in me. I'm just going to go in there and give it everything I've got."
Ellington's new life will begin across the country, but he'll have a familiar foundation. He'll be reunited with former South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore. Ellington's agent, Tory Dandy, also represents 49ers receivers Michael Crabtree and Stevie Johnson.
Dandy said Crabtree will take Lattimore under his wing, helping him adapt to life in the NFL.
"The 49ers never showed much interest in his pre-visits and that sort of thing, but a lot of times teams don't want to show their hand," Dandy said. "We knew the 49ers needed a wide receiver. I think it's a great fit for him.
"He'll get that veteran leadership, that mentorship, out there to learn. I think they're going to try to use him for special teams, punt return, kickoff return. So I think it's a great fit for him."
Ellington, a Moncks Corner native, was at his home when he received the call Saturday. He caught 49 passes for 775 yards and eight touchdowns as a junior last season at South Carolina.