McCarthy Talks About Final Four

Monrovia (Calif.) defensive tackle Ellis McCarthy talked about the four schools that he's considering...

Monrovia (Calif.) defensive tackle Ellis McCarthy, the five-star U.S. Army All-American, is winding down his recruitment, and with a month to go, two Pac-12 schools lead for him. "Right now it's USC and Cal and Cal is at the top," said McCarthy. "I'll visit Cal, USC and UCLA. I already visited Oregon. Those are the four I'm looking at and maybe in the mix is a visit to Arizona State."

McCarthy said each of those schools stood out in different ways.

Cal: "With Cal, I like Coach (Tosh) Lupoi a lot, and I went up there on an unofficial and liked it a lot and the players are really cool," said McCarthy.

USC: "Coach (Ed) Orgeron has been recruiting me and he came to my house and I like him a lot and USC is a good school with a lot of good defensive linemen coming through there."

UCLA: "With Coach (Demetrice) Martin to UCLA, I liked that because I like him as a good coach and UCLA is closer to the area and they're actually bringing in good coaches now."

Oregon: "I had a really good time on my visit and Coach (Chip) Kelly is a good coach. They're going to come and visit me at my house this month."

McCarthy said he's planning to host in-home visits with the head coaches of Cal, USC, UCLA and Oregon in January, and he's likely waiting until the end to make a decision.

"I may decide on Signing Day, I don't know yet when it will be," said McCarthy.

Brandon is in his seventh year with, currently as the National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the Scout Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the Scout Network since 2003.
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