Highly rated DT Ellis McCarthy eyes first visit

Monrovia defensive tackle Ellis McCarthy said last week his first official visit will be to Oregon "in a couple of weeks." The fifth-best prospect in the state and the nation's No. 6-ranked defensive tackle, according to ESPNU, wants to wait until defending Mid-Valley Division champion Monrovia has another Thursday game so his visit lasts longer.

That would leave a weekend in mid-October as the likely visit date. Monrovia's next Thursday game is Oct. 13 at La Cañada; Oregon hosts Arizona State in a possible Pac-12 Conference title game preview on Oct. 15.

McCarthy has offers from all over but Cal, USC, Florida, Oregon and Washington are believed to lead for his services. USC coaches Ed Orgeron and Kennedy Polamalu were among a group of recruiters who attended Monrovia's season-opening 29-16 win against Glendora on Thursday night. Orgeron aimed his video camera directly at McCarthy a number of times.

UCLA head coach Rick Neuheisel and defensive line coach Inoke Breckterfield were also there, though the Bruins' recruiting of McCarthy has fallen off. UCLA, though, is a suitor for McCarthy's teammate, class of 2013 linebacker George Frazier.

The 6-foot-4, 305-pound McCarthy said he spotted the coaches while stretching before the game and it gave him extra motivation to perform well. He had six tackles despite facing double- and triple-teams throughout the night.

"I just have to let them know why they're recruiting me and why they're here," he said.