M-Town’s Big Ellis McCarthy projected to be UCLA’s starter at nose tackle by Phil Steele’s mag …

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I got my Phil Steele College Football Preview magazine over the weekend and I’ve been flipping through it. One of the first thing I always do (after reading about My Buckeyes) is check out where a lot of the locals are slated to play.

The one that stood out the most to me is Monrovia’s Ellis McCarthy slated to start at nose tackle for UCLA. McCarthy is listed at 6-4, 330 by the magazine, which is nice size for a down lineman. BUT HERE’S MY PROBLEM … From what I saw of Big Ellis in high school, he’s not a interior d-lineman type. Things could have changed since then, but I always thought of him as more of a pass rusher with very good finesse for a dude his size.

I cannot get the memories of the Arcadia game from 2011 out of my head. McCarthy did not handle being chopped very well. He also didn’t handle being double teamed very well. Contrast that with the championship game vs. Whittier Christian the year before when he was a menace in pass-rush situations.

Things may have changed since then, but if McCarthy didn’t handle the interior lineman thing very well back then, I have a hard time seeing him handle it well now. Hope I’m wrong, but like Brigham Harwell, I think UCLA has this wrong.

However, if Big Ellis uses his natural speed and athleticism to go with his size and keeps his nasty button “on”, then maybe he’ll be a beast.

  • Colt74

    UCLA offers a scholarship to eighth-grader Lindell Stone.

    This just in… Not to be out-done, USC has reportedly offered an un-named preschooler the job of head coach after viewing some of his crayon drawings. The USC Boosters insist that this will be a step up from Lane Kiffin. Film at 11.

    • GP AKA Green Machine

      What’s this all about??? Didn’t Ellis Destroy your Colts ? UCLA didn’t offer anyone from Covina high school…

      • Colt74

        WTF?? Seriously? Do you just wake up an make a conscience decision to
        be
        a jackass? Or does it come naturally? I’m guessing option 2. My post
        must be a slam against Monrovia or McCarthy. I’m so sorry I did not see
        the hidden meanings that you obviously see. I just came across a
        headline about
        UCLA making an offer to an 8th grader and posted it along with a stab at
        my Trojans under a post that mentioned UCLA.
        Yes..UCLA did
        not make an offer to anyone from Covina High. Nice of you to point that
        out. I’m guessing they did not make any offers to you when you played
        also. So I guess you sucked too?

        • GP AKA Green Machine

          Boo hoo….played college but not good enough for UCLA.

    • Aaron

      Hey USC offered an 8th grader QB in Kiffin’s first year. And they also extended an offer to another this year.

  • GP AKA Green Machine

    Ellis should be improved from the last time the SGV watched him. Now that he has received specialized college coaching on technique he should be able to utilize his size and speed combo.

  • reality

    If you are going to state that you played college ball on this board and want to be taken seriously you best state when, where and who you are, otherwise shut…………..

    • GP AKA Green Machine

      Nah…cuz then I would no longer be anonymous…and crazy bloggers might come to kill…you know crazies like you..hahah…but if you want to bet on it..we can meet in person…I will show and prove…and you will know who I am..

      • Aaron

        Why not do it yourself? Just asking.

        • GP AKA Green Machine

          I would like to remain anonymous…not putting my info online…

          • Aaron

            That’s cool…but then your opinion is as good as mine in the eyes of the masses.

          • GP AKA Green Machine

            It’s always been that way…no one’s opinion holds more weight here… We just blog.

  • Lupe

    If the bigman works on his pad level, he will be a force.

    • AramT

      Exactly right, Lupe. Ellis never wanted to play low in HS.

  • IonSGV

    McClure and the UCLA staff know what they’re doing, they have some very good DE-types there/coming in. It’s a projection….things can change during a series of a game.

    Green Machine knows it doesn’t matter whether you believe him or not. He can throw out a name like and you’d be none the wiser…..

    Covina’s last player to go the UCLA on football scholarship was class of ’98.

    • GP AKA Green Machine

      you are right…

  • IonSGV

    Oh ya….UCLA didn’t offer that 8th grader. Story is not true!

  • PurdueAlum05

    Aram,

    You’re such a bandwagon fan by liking OSU but should I expect anything less from you?

    • AramT

      You’re kinda right … but it dates back to the national championship year in 2002. It’s not recent. I made so much money betting that team that I became a fan. Then, the year after they got routed by Florida in the title game, I bet them at 20-1 to win the national championship. They didn’t win it, but they made the game and I was able to hedge out for a nice profit. But I will bet against them despite that.

      • PurdueAlum05

        Yeah, at least you admit that you aren’t a life long fan. I respect that. I just can’t stand mid-west OSU fans. They’re cocky bastards.

  • PurdueAlum05

    And I wanna see you tell BIG ELLIS to his face that he ain’t a nose tackle. We’ll never see you run faster in your life. LOL

    • AramT

      You’re obviously clueless as to how things work.

      • PurdueAlum05

        Oh, and you’re basing your assessment from two years ago. That probably is real logically considering how much better Coach Mora and his staff made UCLA in one year. I bet you they coached Ellis and he soaked it all up. I don’t Steele would list him as a starter for nothing. Good try though.

        • AramT

          Did you read what I wrote? I said TWICE that things may have changed since then. Maybe they have, maybe they haven’t.

  • New York

    What I remember from that same Arcadia game was watching Ellis run all the way down field and cause a fumble. That type of athleticism is what attracts scholarships to programs that mold players who are coachable.

    • GP AKA Green Machine

      We must also keep in mind that big D lineman are somewhat at a disadvantage in high school. Even though they may be stronger, the smaller offensive lineman tend to be quicker and lower. They sometimes can get under the pads of a much taller player. However, when they go to college, they will be playing against Lineman their size. When you are 6’5 330l bs it really hard to get lower and get off quicker than someone who is 5’11 220 lbs.