The #4 national prospect at DT and five-star recruit, Ellis McCarthy signed with UCLA after originally committing to Cal. He played as true freshman seeing action in 9 games off the bench, recording 10 tackles and a sack. In 2013, McCarthy got into the rotation and finished with 28 tackles and 2 sacks. At 6’5″, McCarthy has obvious size and athleticism working to his natural advantage, and a great first step. He’s bulked up quickly from high school going from 295 to 330. Surprisingly Ellis declared for the NFL draft as his size planted him on the draft board of a few teams, but there were lingering knee injury issues and questions about his desire to play. He’d go undrafted, sign a free agent contract with the Miami Dolphins but was later cut in July of 2015. Currently he is a free agent.
A good runner with great balance, instincts, and vision, Mike Davis worked his way into the starting lineup of the South Carolina Gamecocks as a Sophomore, breaking off a 75 yard TD run in not his first game but his first two games. Davis ran for an SEC leading 1,183 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2013- all the more impressive considering he ran for the majority of it in the second half of games. Mike would be the 8th Gamecock to break the century mark, and his hard running helped South Carolina average over 200 yards a game on the ground. In 2014, Davis returned to the Gamecocks running for 982 yards and 9 touchdowns. He also displayed a touch catching the ball out of the backfield with 32 receptions for 368 yards and 2 touchdowns. After the season concluded he declared for the NFL draft. The 49ers selected Mike in the 4th round of the 2015 draft. An excellent value pick, he’s expected to step in and compete immediately for starting time since Frank Gore departed for Indianapolis.