McCarthy's Official Visit To Eugene In Works

After a sterling performance at Nike's "The Opening" in Beaverton a couple of weeks ago, Monrovia (CA) five-star defensive tackle Ellis McCarthy's stock has never been higher. With football season closing in quickly, McCarthy has already gotten to work on which official visits he'll take this fall.

Do you currently have an offer from Oregon?

"Yeah."

What kind of contact have you had with Oregon since the recruiting process started for you?

"I haven't really been talking to them that much, but my coaches have contacted them and are setting up a trip."

Do you know when that trip might occur for you?

"We're gonna set it up in about a week or so."

Do you know which coaches from Oregon have been in contact with your coach?

"No. I haven't talked to him about that."

What is your overall interest in Oregon at this point?

"It's pretty high...that's why I'm gonna take a visit over there. I wanna see the team and just learn more about it."

Are you planning on taking an unofficial or official visit?

"Official."

What is it about Oregon that you interested in them as a potential option?

"Probably just their program and how they run their program and things like that. It's a really good school."

How would you describe yourself as a player?

"I guess I'm a pretty good pass rusher and I can fight off the run blocker and make tackles and make holes for our linebackers."

Is there a guy at the collegiate or professional level that you try to pattern your game after?

"I try to be like Julius Peppers."

What are you looking for in a program?

"Just where I'm most comfortable and where I can get the best education."

Have you given any thought as to what you might want to study when you get to college?

"Yeah. Most likely business."

You went to "The Opening" up in Beaverton recently. What kind of feedback did you receive after your performance up there?

"It was really good; it was just kind of the same things that my coaches tell me...just get off the ball faster and get lower and maintain pad level and everything and just fight off the block."

Have you narrowed your focus at all when it comes to schools?

"No, not really."

What are some of the offers that you have right now from other schools?

"All of the Pac-12, I have Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Boise State and there's some others in there."

And you don't have a group of schools that is really standing out to you at this point?

"The schools that are like contacting me more are Washington, USC and Cal."

As far as camps and unofficial visits go, where have you been and where do you plan on going this summer?

"I just plan on going to USC, UCLA and Cal...I haven't been out of state (for visits)."

As far as official visits go, you mentioned you're working on an Oregon official, but do you have plans at this point to officially visit anywhere else?

"I'm trying to go to Washington and Florida, too."

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