Uncommitted defenders at The Opening 

July, 14, 2011
Nike's "The Opening" brought together some of the best players in the country and the West region definitely was well represented. Earlier we looked at the offensive side of the ball and now we'll break down a few of the top uncommitted players from the event on the defensive side..

It's not a great year for defensive line talent out West and that was reflected at The Opening as just four players made the cut: Ellis McCarthy (Monrovia, Calif./Monrovia), Aziz Shittu (Atwater, Calif./Buhach Colony) and Honolulu Punahou teammates DeForest Buckner and Luke Kaumatule.

After a slow start where he was stoned by Isaac Seumalo (Corvallis, Ore./Corvallis) twice on day one and had to sit out another day with an ankle injury, McCarthy came on strong the final day. For a man his size, the tackle showed a very explosive get-off and a club move that jarred opposing guards.