Last week, in the wake of defensive line coach Tosh Lupoi leaving the California coaching staff for a position on the Washington staff, Monrovia (Calif.) defensive tackle Ellis McCarthy made a quick switch of his commitment, dropping the Bears and committing to UCLA. This past weekend, he visited UCLA, which helped to reaffirm his decision.
"It was really good," McCarthy said. "It really helped to solidify my decision. And so I really don't want to take any more visits. I'm 100% UCLA."
McCarthy, who was hosted on the visit by fellow defensive lineman Datone Jones, said the best part of the visit was hanging out with the incoming recruits and the current players, as well as talking with the coaching staff.
"I probably spent the most time talking with Coach Demetrice Martin and Coach Mora," McCarthy said. "I like Coach Mora a lot. The players that have met him or have talked to him, they really like him too. The other guys say he's more of a player's coach, and from what I can see, I think he is too. Just talking to him made me really like him."
As one of the top prospects on the west coast in the class of 2012, McCarthy's recruitment at UCLA actually began with Rick Neuheisel's staff, who gave McCarthy his first offer. But it took a change in coaching staffs for the defensive tackle to give UCLA a longer look.
"I feel like the new staff, they just have more experience in the NFL," McCarthy said. "And just Coach Mora, he coached in the NFL for 25 years, and there are formal NFL players on staff. (Rick Neuheisel's staff) gave me my first offer, but I feel much more confident going in there with the new staff."
Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco wide receiver Bryce Treggs joined McCarthy on the visit. Treggs, like McCarthy, was a one time solid commit to Cal. Treggs is thought to be looking seriously at UCLA, but McCarthy said he didn't spend a ton of time on the visit trying to get Treggs to flip.
"I worked on him a little bit," McCarthy said. "But he already has some other people working on him, like Ishmael Adams and Justin Combs. They were talking to him throughout the visit."
The five star prospect has had a whirlwind of a recruitment that has run the gamut of the Pac-12. Originally, USC led for McCarthy, then he committed to Cal, and now he has wound up at UCLA. But McCarthy reiterated multiple times that the Bruins will be the last stop on his recruiting tour, which is fortuitous for the Bruins, who now look very good to sign their best defensive tackle prospect since Brian Price.
McCarthy Done with Visits
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