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McCarthy Talks Ducks
The recruiting process continues to heat up for Monrovia defensive lineman Ellis McCarthy, who has become one of the most sought after players on the West Coast. The dominant five-star lineman was in Eugene (OR) this past weekend, taking in the Oregon – Arizona State game, during the first of five official visits that he plans to take before National Signing Day. McCarthy returned home decked out in an Oregon sweatshirt and raved about everything from the crowd, to the locker room to the coaching staff. "I just came back from my trip to Oregon and I really like it up there," McCarthy said. "I liked everything. Their facilities are really nice. Their training facilities and even their academic buildings were really nice, too." Autzen Stadium is one of the loudest venues in all of college football, causing opposing teams plenty of issues on the field, and the Oregon fans made quite an impression on the recruits in attendance this past Saturday. "I couldn't hear my mom and she was right next to me so that's how you know it was really loud," McCarthy said. "They have really good fans there that support them." The big game atmosphere was enhanced by the arrival of the ESPN's "College GameDay" crew, and McCarthy set his alarm early enough to catch all the festivities. "I actually woke up in the morning to go to GameDay," he said. "That was exciting too to see all the students with their posters, just holding them up. It was fun." The 6-5, 295-pound defensive lineman was hosted by freshman linebacker Garrick Carlyle and enjoyed seeing how the team prepared for an important Pac-12 matchup. "I felt really comfortable talking to the coaches and they didn't have anything to hide," McCarthy explained. "I really liked Oregon and the way they run their program." So how would McCarthy be utilized in the Ducks' defense? "They basically told me I could play end, nose tackle, and tackle," he said. "I just need to learn all those positions there. I think I could fit in well." While Oregon got the first official visit, McCarthy still plans to check out the remaining schools in his top five: USC, Cal, Washington and Florida. But as he admitted, Oregon has set the bar high. "Oregon's really up there because after the trip, they showed me a lot," McCarthy said. "I like their coaching. I just like it up there."
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