5-Star Dominance
Ellis McCarthy
Ellis McCarthy
Director of Scouting
Posted Sep 9, 2011
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Monrovia, Calif. - Ellis McCarthy is rated 5-Stars by Scout.com. Director of Scouting Scott Kennedy went to see him play on Thursday night, and here is a look at him in action.

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Ellis McCarthy (6'3/300) of Monrovia High School in Monrovia, Calif. is rated 5-Stars by Scout.com. He is incredibly agile for a player of his size and he brought out a crowd to see him including two coaches each from USC and UCLA.

McCarthy lines up at any of the defensive tackle and end spots during the course of the game. He has straight line speed that is rare for a player of his size and it's the aspect of his game that has made him such a hot commodity among coaches. He is quick off the ball and capable of splitting a double team.

If there's an area of concern in his game, it's his flexibility. He bends at the waist and immediately comes up high out of his stance. If he doesn't beat a player off the ball, he's susceptible to being pushed backwards as he loses the battle of leverage despite his obvious advantage in size and strength.

He was dominating at times during Monrovia's opening win over Glendora including one of the most brutal hits I've ever seen. McCarthy got pressure on the punter and looked back as the ball was being returned. The Monrovia return man broke into the open field, and McCarthy began running back against the grain looking for an unsuspecting punt coverage member. McCarthy found one.

Senior Jacob Rodriguez, all 6'0 and 180 pounds of him, was decleated on a block that players like Hinds Ward have made famous. Only McCarthy is 300 plus pounds. It was a clean, legal, and brutal hit showing a bit of the nasty streak that McCarthy is capable of. Rodriguez walked off under his own power and left the stadium with his arm in a sling.

On the recruiting front, in addition to USC and UCLA McCarthy is considering Cal, Florida, Michigan, Oklahoma, Oregon, Arizona, Tennessee, and Washington among others.

Here is a look at him in action from Thursday night's victory over Glendora.

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