Five-star defensive tackle McCarthy commits to UCLA

New UCLA head coach Jim L. Mora was already making an impact in Westwood by assembling a strong coaching staff for his first year on the job.

Now he's landed a big fish on the recruiting trail.

Late Monday night the Bruins gained the commitment of five-star defensive tackle Ellis McCarthy, who had committed to Cal earlier in the month.

McCarthy, a Monrovia High School (Monrovia, Calif.) product, is arguably the best DT prospect in the nation. At 6-5 and 315 pounds, he is a load to handle in the middle who's agile for his size and was adept at beating double teams throughout his high school career. His rare combination of size and speed and pass-rushing arsenal has led many to make the comparison to former Nebraska star and current Detroit Lion Ndamukong Suh.

Former Washington cornerbacks coach Demetrice Martin, hired when Mora took over for Rick Neuheisel, likely helped sway McCarthy from the Golden Bears after Cal defensive line coach and top recruiter Tosh Lupoi left to join Steve Sarkisian's staff at Washington. The Golden Bears were putting together yet another strong class under Lupoi, and his departure leaves a big void that will be tough for Jeff Tedford to fill. Martin, meanwhile, is regarded as one of the better recruiters out West who handled the southern California area while with the Huskies. New Bruins offensive line coach and recruiting guru Adrian Klemm also is making an immediate impact in his new gig.

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