Reggie Ellis Returns to Tarpons for 2019 Season

LAKELAND – One of the Florida Tarpons most popular and exciting players has been signed for the 2019 professional arena  football season.

Reggie Ellis, a graduate of George Jenkins High School in south Lakeland, will be back for the Tarpons eighth straight season of arena football – and second year at the RP Funding Center in Lakeland which kicks off late next spring.

Ellis became an immediate fan favorite last season with his highlight reel catches, including one that went viral when he went head-over-heels over the endzone boards while making a touchdown catch, one of several such catches he made in the 2018 campaign.

“I developed a passion for sports when I was six years old, playing football with my brothers,” Ellis said. “I've been playing arena football since I was 2007. I've always wanted to be a school teacher and football player and I ended up doing both. I want to bring excitement as a local player. I just bring the energy, and people feed off of it. We're going to win some games, there's a good vibe.”

In 2014, he was a key member of the Lakeland based Florida Marine Raiders who advanced all the way to the X-League championship game. The speedy receiver and kick returner earned all-league honors as well after his 13 touchdown catch season that year.

“Reggie brings an enthusiasm and passion and skill level to the game that is almost unmatched,” Coach Michael Taylor said. “His love of football, his work ethic to always get better and his popularity in the Lakeland community made it an easy decision to make sure he plays in a Tarpons uniform next season.”

Final plans for the 2019 season, which will run from May to July, will be announced this fall. The Tarpons played their first six years in Fort Myers before relocating to the RP Funding Center for its seventh straight season of play. For more information on the team,