• ConcuSSionSymptomS

    Does this mean Lawler is next?

  • Spike lee

    Before we talk about starting, the first thing any player should be concerned with is making it through your last semester of Academics In high school. You don’t want to blow any core classes. Yes this has happened to good students also. After that then it’s your passing your first Semester of College Academics, UCLA, USC, or Cal, are not schools for dummies. I don’t know what kind of student Ellis is. Different schools have different academic work loads. You are going to have to make the grades. We know, Everyone wants Ellis bad. Ellis will have to work into the rotation or starting lineup no matter where he goes. Let’s be real, it is a lot easier to start at UCLA or CAL right now vs Starting at USC. I do believe ellis could start anywhere he goes, but he still has to work for it. Ellis’s number one concern will be getting in shape. For those who seen Ellis play 4 years, we know how good he is. We also know he get’s tired too. It’s a lot easier to be a “Bust” then it is to go in and start 3-4 years, and go to the NFL. Are you in the top 1%? Time will tell. As a Student athlete you have to be disciplined and serious to play in the Same city you grew up in. There is a lot of support, but there is a a lot of distractions that come with the territory. You will have hometown groupies, wanting to hang all time, showing up at your pad. Sometimes it’s not what you do, but its what your entourage does. When you are as big as Ellis, people are always watching. If he is lucky to get a NFL shot, his behavior is going to come into play as well. Judging from the US Army game, he has to work on his temper. Ellis if you fight someone, you are going to kill them, walk away man. I hope Big Ellis keeps a low profile, Hits the books, and spends the majority of his time in the weight room, training facility and film room. Just because you play locally, doesn’t mean you have to be seen all the time. Watch them ladies man. They can be a lot of trouble, find a good girl lol. It will be nice, to see him on FSPWest frequently. All In all Happy to see the kid going UCLA, I love USC though. No matter where you go “Do the right things”, and you will be sucessful(Degree, NFL,). Do the wrong things and you will be back at home. We’ve seen that happen too.

  • Kennedy Bryant

    As I read thru most of the non-sense here on this blog I really wonder if any of you really know what Ellis McCarthy is truly going through, most of you if not all you DO NOT. Im not going to personally attack anyone here so if you feel like this is pointed at you its not however you should examine your position on this youngs mans life. So you should only speak on what you know.

    Have any of you ever been recruited to play DI football? Do you really understand the level of competition on recruiting from school to school, and what goes into making players decide where to go PLAY football? For every one of you who believe that Ellis should choose CAL/UCLA/USC/LSU or Timbuktu stop for a moment and set aside your personal bias and really ponder what is best for this 18 year old young man.

    Perception, Perception, Perception. I heard some say Ellis shouldnt go to USC because its in the Ghetto.

    Footnote: Billionaires send their kids to that school and if its good enough for Billionaires them its good enough for all of use.

    I heard some say that Ellis shouldnt go to CAL because of the rigors of the school and that it maybe too difficult there.

    Footnote: If Chuck Muncie and Marshawn Lynch can make it thru CAL then Ellis surely can.

    Dont let false perception cloud your judgment. I read here on the blog that Ellis doesnt want to be perceived as just some dumb football player and the perception is that UCLA and CAL offer him a better education than USC or Oregon. Well that may be true to some and not to others and that debate could go on for days. But going to a CAL or UCLA doesnt change anything about how anyone will perceive you. You can dress like rapper, drive a car like a rapper go to the same places rappers go and buy VIBE magazine.it doesnt make you a RAPPER, you are what you are. When you are 65 and 325 lbs most people dont see you as a Quantum Physicist even if you graduated from MIT or CAL TECH its sad but true. The first question out of most peoples mouths directed at you is where did you play football or did you play football or what team do you play for. The question surely will not be can you tell me how many A.Us. (Astronomical Units) the sun is from the earth.

    Footnote: The answer is 1 AU which is equals to 93,000,000 miles which is the distance between earth and the sun. Just adding a little humor.

    Listen people Ellis saw up close and got his first taste of what the business of college football was like yesterday when the coach who had been recruiting him and telling him about how great CAL is and that CAL is the place to be and you will love being here at CAL and we are building something for the future here at CAL. Well I guess Tosh couldnt believe any more of his own BULL CRAP and basically bolted for a better job @ UW. That is the nature of college football it isnt about you the player its about what you can give. And please dont give me that crap about getting free education; its hard work. It is tough enough to graduate from any college without playing any sport but to have to work 50 hours a week on the field and in the gym sure as hell isnt free and damn sure isnt easy. Universities arent in the business of given away free anything, its a business and the football player is the ROI.

    There is no loyalty to any football player once you sign the NLI. One of the major reasons players never make it thru college is that they have been misguided and havent been properly informed on the expectations of DI football player. Most of the money making DI schools dont give Rats!@# about you getting an education. Oh yeah they say all of the right things when recruiter/salesman is sitting in your living room but you can bet your last dollar that if you want to take 18 units during the fall they will try and encourage you to take 12-15 units. And furthermore for most athletes if you try and dedicate yourself too much to the class room theyll tell you not committed to the PROGRAM.

    Listen that is the sad reality of DI football and most of you dont understand that because you never had to do it. So Ellis if you want to get an EDUCATION and PLAY FOOTBALL please consider the list of schools that you should consider to further your education and allow you to play football. Each of these schools is more concerned about your education:


    Ellis if you want to PLAY FOOTBALL and get and EDUCATION please see the list below, pay close attention to the order. Play Football or Education


    I say it is better to be in classroom of 50-70 rather than 400-500 youll get better opportunities to see your professors one on one rather than hear the lecture of a TA. Having been around you for that past four years, I know that no matter where you attend college you will do what ever it takes to graduate and I know that is a goal of yours. I just felt compelled to give you my insight to all of this.

    In all honesty a degree from CAL/UCLA/USC doesnt really matter you are being rewarded for being a football player who has earned the right to get a FANTASTIC education. This is your life Ellis and dont be guilted by me, your mom, your dad, your uncle or anyone its a difficult choice so choose wisely. Please know this no matter where you choose I will support you and will be there for advice if you ever need it. As I have told you many times I’m not going to sugar coat it and keep it real with you and give you all of the knowledge I have as it relates to you and playing football at the next level. ELLIS YOU DONT OWE anyone anything. This is your life. Your Coach, Your Friend, Your Supporter.

    Kennedy Bryant

  • Wishing the kid nothing but the best !

    Mr. Kennedy am I to assume you were once a D1 recruit or played at a D1 school and if so how many years ago was that as today colllegs aren’t what they used to be? I read your post with great interest as you signed your name so that’s always a great sign of an individual with strong ties to the situation so I appaul you.

    That said, I think it’s time to give advice where it’s needed now that Ellis Mc Carthy has made his choice, at least for now.

    College is an interesting animal, especially when you’re at a big time program or carry lots of swagger as he does. My son is a recent USC graduate so I think I have a different opinion of USC than you do, or at least from what I’ve read. USC is a “networking MONSTER” in Southern California, this I’ve seen first hand and if Ellis intentions are to live locally USC is a great choice. As many USC graduates and HR Directors will tell you “USC walks in the door before you do”. UCLA, not so much and Cal clearly has a national presence that those in the know, know.

    But I digress, my point is nothing kills potential like those who hang on to you, even if it’s friends and family. That’s why “going away” to college is so important to a young person’s development. If I saw one draw back from my son’s experience at USC is his former “too cool for high school” friends wanting suddenly to “hook up” once he got into a fraternity, as those parties are legendary. “ACCESS” is everything and friends and family want “IN”. How he navigates this will play a bigger role in his success or failure than most realize, often too late.

    I wish this kid nothing but the best. I hope he crushes his college years and looks back and says, ” I squeezed everything I could out of my college experience…and I’m a better man for doing so”. I know my son at USC did just that and today he’s well on his way to a life I could only imagine.

    So Mr. Kennedy maybe it’s time for his friends to give Ellis some space, some time, some peace so that UCLA or where ever he ends up at marinates his mind, body and spirit fully. You’re right about billionaires sending their kids to USC but UCLA and Cal aren’t far behind. What I do like is he’s staying with upper echelon academic institutions and that’s a credit to his parents who clearly kept him away from Alabama, Oregon, Florida, Florida St or LSU, LOL.

    Two of my sons had multiple college scholarships, full rides, and when we talked about the schools I always took the same tact, “Don’t tell me “WHY” the school is so great…tell me why you will be “GREAT” at that school”.

    Mr. Kennedy you are right Ellis McCarthy is an incredible athlete and deserving of his good fortune, with his rarely combination of size,speed,quickness, strength and balance. Academics is for life, and in that respect only he knows what he’s really after. Let’s all support that part of that young man’s dream equally as well.

    Jim Mora comes from a great family, maybe that’s what really sealed it for UCLA. Best of luck kid.

  • maurice sibolboro

    Hell im,a u.s.s.,and it would have been knice to see Ellis play for the Trojans.at the end of the day the kid is getting a education,and going to get to play football.At the end of fpor years you,will all be wondering or saying what round he,should go in the draft.Kid just go have fun and enjoy yourself.

  • maurice sibolboro

    Hell im,a u.s.c.fan,and it would have been knice to see Ellis play for the Trojans.at the end of the day the kid is getting a education,and going to get to play football.At the end of fpor years you,will all be wondering or saying what round he,should go in the draft.Kid just go have fun and enjoy yourself.

  • fwiw

    Mr. Ellis. I have two words for you in regards to playing D-Line for UCLA:

    Brigham Harwell

    How about another two words in regards to playing for USC:

    Shaun Cody

    Good Luck wherever you go.

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