Sources: Ellis McCarthy expected to commit to Cal …

Monrovia defensive line standout and one of the top recruits in the country Ellis McCarthy is expected to announce that he will attend Cal next season during Saturday’s U.S. Army All-Star Game on NBC, according to multiple sources.

When contacted on Friday morning, McCarthy confirmed that his mind is made up but would not say whether it’s Cal, USC or Oregon.

McCarthy is expected to choose Cal because he’s been told he will start right away as a freshman, a source said. The source also said that McCarthy was told by USC that he’s not guaranteed a starting spot next season, but would be able to compete for one.

McCarthy is considered to be the No. 17 overall recruit in the country and No. 2 at his position of defensive tackle by Rivals.com. He was the Pasadena Star-News’ Defensive Player of the Year after leading Monrovia to its second-consecutive CIF-SS Mid-Valley Division championship.


Aram’s take:
Please keep in mind that these situations are VERY FLUID. Kids change their minds at the last minute all the time. But I feel comfortable enough with the people I’ve spoken with to say that Cal is going to be McCarthy’s destination.

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  • Kennedy Bryant

    Well Im still holding out hope that the kid will choose USC. If true that he will be a Golden Bear I’ll wish him well and pray for his continued success at the next level. It is a great accomplishment to get a DI Scholarship. Having said that, I wont be expecting to see the Golden Bears playing in any ROSE Bowls or playing for National Championships. God Speed and Good Luck Big E. FIGHT ON

  • http://www.insidesocal.com/sgvfootball Aram

    Kennedy,

    He just might change his mind. You never know with kids. I want Big Bob’s takes on this. I can’t get a hold of him. Big Bob, if you’re out there, call me!

  • WHAT THE H***

    ARAM, YOU MUST HAVE READ MY POST ABOUT PUTTING SOMETHING UP! OKAY BUDDY LET’S SHAKE OFF THE HOLIDAY BLUES AND PUT SOME ARTICLES UP! THANKS!!!

    ELLIS, GO TO USC AND CAL ISN’T GOING NO WHERE! ONE MORE THING AND HOW DOES THE CITY OF MONROVIA GET PLAYERS LIKE THIS, WHEN THE CITY IS AS BIG AS SOUTH EL MONTE???

  • WHAT THE H***

    ARAM, YOU MUST HAVE READ MY POST ABOUT PUTTING SOMETHING UP! OKAY BUDDY LET’S SHAKE OFF THE HOLIDAY BLUES AND PUT SOME ARTICLES UP! THANKS!!!

    ELLIS, GO TO USC AND CAL ISN’T GOING NO WHERE! ONE MORE THING AND HOW DOES THE CITY OF MONROVIA GET PLAYERS LIKE THIS, WHEN THE CITY IS AS BIG AS SOUTH EL MONTE???

  • Wha?

    Can’t handle the competition at USC. Wow, That says a lot right there

  • Coach Slayer

    Do not trust any program that guarantees you will start as a first year freshman. That type of promise makes you a target of your teammates that have to compete for their spots.

  • Kan B’alam Son of Pakal

    Here’s the deal. It’s Ellis Decision on where he wants to spend the next 5 years of his life Cal is a great Academic school. If he feels that place is Cal, then I wish him the best. There is nothing wrong with that. However, there are a few cons which concern me.

    The first red flag is this….

    “McCarthy is expected to choose Cal because he’s been told he will “start” right away as a freshman, a source said. The source also said that McCarthy was told by USC that he’s not guaranteed a starting spot next season, but would be able to “compete” for one.”

    When Coaches are “Recruiting” They are doing just that. They will tell you everything they feel you want to hear. They will Play to a young players thoughts and a families wish. However “No” coach can guarantee, that any incoming freshman will start. That to me can spell problems down the road, Especially if a player is outplayed in practice. Some kids feel betrayed, and are crushed, and end up and transfer. If there was one thing I would expect every coach recruiting to say would be what SC said, and that is you will have a chance to “compete”. I would not go as far to say Ellis is not competitive, However, nothing is promised in a D1 program. They have guys from all over. I would also be a little concerned about Tedford’s future. After Several average seasons, he could be out. The Last Concern I have with Cal is, how far behind are they in regards to everyone else in the PAC12 north? With Washington’s emergence of a great QB, and with all the talent Oregon has, where will Cal finish? 3rd at best? I am not a Cal Hater, but with out a solid QB there or incoming, and with the coaching staff at Cal on the rocks, things could be tough up there. I think SC would be a more fitting choice, however it’s not my choice. I am just blogging. Ellis GO USC, you will win more games, and SC has a flawless record of sending line man out in the 1st Round. If Cal is the place, I will still cheer for you there.

  • Mtownclown

    Lol where did this load of crap come from? Cal? Lol I’m down here in San Antonio my nephew hasn’t said anything about Cal or USC soo get ur facts STR8 His mom and I talked too him personally

  • Kennedy Bryant

    Well I guess we will all have to take a “wait and see approach”. Anyone who has been recruited by a D1 school knows the recruiting business is CUT THROAT. A recruitor will lie directly to your face and tell you just about anything to get you to thier program. Once you get there you realize that what’s behind door number 1 is a ton of !@#$. I just hope that Big E is getting the correct ADVISE, direction and influence. You have to look at what your life will be like before, during and after, your time playing ball.

    USC’s ALUMNI NETWORK IS HUGE AND ITS TRADITION SPEAKS FOR ITSELF. IF YOU WANT A ROLLS ROYCE BUY A ROLLS ROYCE DONT BY A KIT TO MAKE IT LOOK LIKE A ROLLS ROYCE. USC=ROLLS ROYCE CA=KIT

  • Source

    There is a video interview on bearinsider.com posted yesterday where Ellis McCarthy himself says “Really like Coach Tosh. He’s really energetic. He isn’t telling me if I come in I will have a starting spot, said I would have to work for it. He is a real coach.”. Who is your source, Aram?

  • Kennedy Bryant

    @Mtownclown,

    Please tell us where Ellis is going. You could give us a hint, sounds to me like you really know. History tells us though “where there is SMOKE there is fire. And I dont read anywhere on this blog that he isnt going to CAL. Therefore the smoke detector is beeping CAL CAL CAL CAL CAL.

  • http://www.insidesocal.com/sgvfootball Aram

    He could very well change his mind. Many kids have told a school they’re going there and then at the very last second decided to go somewhere else.

    I would never report this as fact until Ellis signs on the dotted line. Even tomorrow he could say Cal and there’s a few weeks left and he may change his mind.

    But what I am telling you is that I’ve talked to a few people who are in the know and they’ve all said Cal.

  • White Fang

    Kennedy Bryant, Ellis will receive an education at Cal; not at USC. Do you remember someone taking a dancing class so he could play football at USC?

  • White Fang

    Kennedy Bryant, Ellis will receive an education at Cal; not at USC. Do you remember someone taking a dancing class so he could play football at USC?

  • New York

    Good luck to Ellis wherever he goes.

    Cal is consistently ranked higher than USC academically in almost every category, both undergraduate and graduate. The average incoming SAT score, LSAT score, GMAT score are all likely higher on Berzerkly’s campus. No question Cal is a stronger academic institution for true students.

    However, I bet that USC offers more academic resources to their football players. Cal is a public school with public school resources for its football players. Two relatively recent Monrovia stars did not cut it up there in football and school. USC is a dynasty that has competed at a high level for most of its history. A full football scholarship to USC would be tough to turn down for a family that has thought it all the way through.

    Again, good luck to Ellis. Thank you for all the great memories while you wore Green & White.

  • UCLA

    LOOKS LIKE YOUR WRONG! ITS UCLA!

  • footballfollower

    Cal is a good institution but if a coach says you will start as a freshman why does Kan B’alam Son of Pakal say he will be there for 5 years. I would rather see a young man go somewhere he would need to compete and not get it handed to him. USC continues to put out top lineman each year and he could be taught by some of the best line coaches in the nation, so why go to cal? He has to do what’s best for him but it will be time to work on the field and in the classroom and yes a private institution has more resources to assist their athletes in their classroom. Just remember USC only has so many scholarships this year and may not have anything available if he changes his mind. Good luck in this decision making process to this young man.

  • New York

    Footballfollower,

    The point about USC’s limit on scholarships is interesting. I would think that fewer scholarships would increase player’s chances of getting substantial time. In other words, USC would not use a precious scholarship on a guy who they don’t think will contribute soon!

    Also, most high potential defensive linemen get playing time early. Whether as a “starter” or as part of a rotation playing significant downs.

  • Bulldogs have bite

    Where ever Ellis winds up he will play significant minutes his Freshman year. I personally would love to see him play for the Trojans too, but if he feels Cal is the place where he needs to be…who’s gonna argue with that?

    Speaking of defensive linemen. Here is SGV Tribune Defensive Player of the Year, West Covina Defensive End Justen Meader’s senior highlight!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HatOAygMXsk&feature=g-all-u&context=G2292f2cFAAAAAAAAAAA

    Also CB/WR/KR Lonzel Barnett’s highlight!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ppfwgB72SHU&feature=channel_video_title

  • X’s and O’s

    Looks like Cal it is. Congratulations Ellis

  • coltfan97

    Aram’s right again Cal it is congrats McCarthy!!!

  • MHS mom

    Well guess Cal was right-SHOCKED!!!!

  • WhiteFang

    Ellis is headed for Cal because he wants an education!

    He is not interested in taking any dancing classes!

  • New York

    WhiteFang,
    Do you have all of Cal’s course offerings in front of you? Just in case you don’t know where to find it, let me help you:
    http://sis.berkeley.edu/catalog/gcc_list_crse_req?p_dept_name=Theater&p_dept_cd=THEATER

    Every university has courses that are easier paths to fulfilling a liberal arts degree than others? Students at every university can choose to challenge themselves or to do the bare minimum.

    My biggest concerns with Cal is that they are more subject to the ongoing state budget cuts than USC is. These types of cuts might surface areas such as tutoring or other support programs.

    Regarding football: One of my biggest admirations for USC comes from their success throughout history on a national platform. USC has legendary Monte Kiffen as their Defensive coordinator and Lane Kiffen is a former NFL head coach. If a kid wants to play in the NFL, those are probably good people to get you ready.

    Academically, Cal is typically ranked much higher in every academic category. I just wonder how many of their football players go on to become engineers and doctors, though. How many actually have time and energy after practice to spend in the chemistry labs, taking advantage of Cal’s highly respected professors? USC’s alumni network is known for taking care of their own throughout the business community. However, I don’t know much about the career paths of USC football players vs. Cal football players (outside the NFL as well as within the NFL). I think that is the most pertinent area that a national recruit should focus on: What is the overall experience of a star football player at Cal vs. USC, during and after college? Overall experience could include but not be limited to: Character development, academic nurturing, graduate school placement, career placement, football championships, player development to reach their peak, NFL placement and success, lifetime friendships following college, the ability to tap into the alumni network for mid-level and senior level jobs many years after graduation, the ability to do deals with fellow alumni, etc.

    University degrees tend to be currency. If a student has a 3.5 GPA from Cal’s engineering department vs. a 3.5 GPA from USC’s engineering department, then JPL would more likely offer an internship to that kid from Cal. However, when considering the many football players who major in Business Administration or Marketing and prefer living in SoCal, I wonder who has the most traction…The other thing to focus on, though, is graduation rate among football players at one school versus the other. I don’t have those true statistics handy.

    You’ll notice that I have tried to focus solely on scholarship football players at one school versus the other, because that is the topic of discussion. Kids need to find the best fit and they need to get good advice from people who have actually been there and done it, not just from recruiters who make them feel good but are likely looking for the next best job themselves. Assistant coaches have even shorter tenures than head coaches.

  • http://www.insidesocal.com/sgvfootball Aram

    You guys need to stop looking at Cal like it’s some sub-standard place to play ball. Did you see the recruiting class they just brought in? Safe to say they’re gonna be bowling pretty nicely in the future. And they have a very sharp coach.

  • New York

    Aram,
    I agree. Cal is amazing and I am very happy for Ellis. I am laying out my criteria, though, for discussion purposes only…lol. I MIGHT be splitting hairs, but I do have a bias toward encouraging my fellow Monrovia alumni toward institutions that have deeper resources for success as a student and as an alumni. If he had a chance to go to Stanford, I would be selling Stanford over USC. Barry Sanders clearly saw that value.

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