Posted by Bryan Fischer
SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Throughout the process, Monrovia (Calif.) defensive tackle Ellis McCarthy had pretty much been tied to staying in the state but which school it would be remained a mystery. The top 10 recruit finally made a public announcement to California on Saturday at the 2012 U.S. Army All-American Bowl but even then, things might not end up that way on Signing Day.
"I just really like Coach Tosh (Lupoi) ," McCarthy said on NBC. "I like the progam a lot and I've built a relationship with him and the team."
The 6-foot-4, 310-pounder had USC as his leader throughout much of his recruitment but Cal made a late push, with commits like Shaq Thompson and Jordan Payton leaning on McCarthy to commit during Bowl practices earlier in the week. While the Trojans are unlikely to stop pursuing him until the end, he is a great pickup for the moment for the Bears.
"He has come out of nowhere to become one of the most recruited defensive players in the nation," analyst Tom Lemming said. "Film shows him dominating at both the end and tackle positions."
The five-star is the top defensive tackle and eighth overall player in the class of 2012 according to MaxPreps. McCarthy racked up 55 tackles and nine sacks despite missing three games because of injury during his senior year.