Carey Is a Force

Ellis Carey of Helen Cox HS (Harvey, La.) is a fierce hitter who loves to dish out punishment from his free safety position. Read further to find out more about the standout DB from the metro New Orleans area.

Ellis Carey isn't a happy camper and that's bad news for the opposition. The most experienced player for the Cougars, Carey has been through some good and bad times on the field as the starting free safety for Cox.

In 2007, Carey's freshman season, the Cougars went 6-6 and advanced to the second-round of the playoffs. Two years ago, Cox posted a 7-4 mark, again reaching the postseason. However, last year was more difficult for the relatively new school (opened in 2004) that's located across the Mississippi River from New Orleans - on what's known as the West Bank.

"We went 3-7 last season," said Carey, "but we're going to have more faith this year and there will be less playing around. Most of our key players are seniors, including our quarterback and running backs, and I'm looking forward to making the playoffs."

Carey, who is a four-year starter, is one of the fastest players in the state. At the 2009 New Orleans combine, he ran the ninth-best time (4.61) -- faster than blue-chip CB Tyrann Mathieu (St. Augustine HS, LSU signee).

"I'm 5-foot-11, 190-pounds right now," Carey said. In addition to free safety, I handle the punting and kicking for us. Last year, I had 68 tackles, three interceptions, and four sacks. I'm zoned out when I'm on the field. I just go out there and stick to my assignments."

Several schools are recruiting Carey, including SMU, Louisiana-Monroe, Louisiana-Lafayette, Nicholls State, TCU, Georgia Tech, Southern Illinois, South Alabama, and Tulsa.

"Tulsa and ULM are going after me the hardest," said Carey. "Tulsa is waiting for me to get a new ACT score. I don't know much about SMU, other than that they're located in Dallas. I'm looking for a college where I can get playing time early. I want to play my freshman year."

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