Rick Neuheisel at Ellis McCarthy's game 

September, 9, 2011
Just how big of a recruit is Monrovia (Calif.) defensive tackle Ellis McCarthy? The Wildcats hosted Glendora (Calif.) in a Thursday night game and two coaches a piece from USC and UCLA were on hand to check things out. Bruins coach Rick Neuheisel made the road trip as did Trojans recruiting coordinator and DL coach Ed Orgeron.

Much like with AAU basketball, football coaches attend a game more to be seen by a prospective prospect than to actually scout. Both local schools, barring a collapse on the field, will likely be on the short list until signing day for the tackle.

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