Football: McCarthy casts imposing presence at Monrovia

There was a towering and intimidating presence at Monrovia High School’s fall camp opener Monday at Cliffton Middle School.

The towering part isn’t a surprise. Ellis McCarthy was a 6-foot-4 standout as a sophomore and has grown an inch since then.

The intimidating factor? That’s where it gets interesting.

McCarthy is a boy trapped in a man’s body, now standing 6-5 and a weighing a staggering 290 pounds. It’s a drastic leap from when McCarthy weighed 245 pounds as a 15-year-old sophomore. It’s not like McCarthy’s been piling on the Doritos, a strong weakness of his. He shredded the baby fat and added muscle to his now-lean frame. McCarthy altered his eating habits, too. He cut off soda and opted for water and protein shakes. He also hit the weights hard this offseason and increased his bench-press max to 295 pounds.

“I also did a little cardio,” McCarthy said after practice. “I just wanted to be more healthier so I can be ready to go both ways and wherever my team needs me.”

McCarthy attended the Nike and USC camps and Pete Carroll’s “Win Forever” camp at Home Depot Center and earned rave reviews at all three as a top 2012 prospect. McCarthy mentioned Nebraska, UCLA and elsewhere in the Pac-10 as being among the places he’s considering.

McCarthy is destined to play on Saturdays, perhaps Sundays, too.

“He’s a Division I football player,” Monrovia coach Ryan Maddox said. “He is absolutely the real deal.”

McCarthy finished with 11 sacks last season as a defensive end. He’ll see a lot of time at tackle this season, although he’s expected to spend some time at end, too. The biggest adjustment, however, will come on offense, where McCarthy goes from tight end to tackle in an effort to bolster the line. He caught nine passes for 152 yards, but McCarthy often bailed out the Wildcats in long-yardage situations for first downs. His size, surprisingly quick feet and soft hands made it hard for opposing coaches to leave single coverage on McCarthy.

His tremendous upside as a junior-to-be has Maddox and future college coaches beaming.

“He’s young for his grade,” Maddox said. “So you figure at 245 (pounds) he was only 15 years old and he was at a 6-4 frame. So he’s just starting to fill out and become a man. He’s not even probably close to what he’ll be eventually, and that’s the scary thing.
“He’s only 16 years old and he’s got growing to do. He’s a young man in an adult’s body. He’s massive.”

Also …

Monrovia’s fall camp is being held at Cliffton Middle School because of work at Monrovia High. The new football stadium — complete with a grandstand, press box, weight room, turf field and track — is in the late stages of construction. Monrovia’s first home game is scheduled for Sept. 17 against Arcadia.

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    Ellis is the biggest Dline prospect monrovia has had in some years. He will be virtually the man this year. Scouts are going to be drueling over a kid this size… Ellis if your reading this. “Use your hands” and ” Follow the ball” and you will be the best! I can’t wait to see this kid do his thing. USC will want this kid !

  • Doggie dog

    Arcadia use to have white boys his size in the 90’s but the arcadia families moved out to other cities.

    Scott Wiegand arcadia – ucla 6’8″ 300 as a senior.
    Brad Bedell – arcadia – colorado- 6 yrs NFL 6’5 270 as a senior.

    Many more as well.

    It is good for the SGV

  • Goldenarm

    15 years old.
    Maddox will help keep it in perspective. McCarthy had a decent year last year, but really he was no unstoppable force bringing fear or double team need. Lowden filled those shoes for M-town.
    However, the sky could very well be the limit for this young man – he certainly has filled out since last I saw him. That bone structure has another 40 lbs in it – and that is one scary thought!! Great photo.

  • New York

    His dad was one of those great all around natural athletes with lots of spring in his legs. No wonder Ellis made that great catch up at Paraclete last fall.

    You are correct. Once his football mentality catches up to his body, Ellis will be able to dictate what the opposing offense does. I hope Maddox and Lujan are able to help him develop that.

    Doggie Dog,

    Brad had great feet for his size and Scottie was a gentle giant. The Wiegand family were all really nice. I remember Scottie as the giant on my brother’s little leage team. Nice nice kid. Arcadia definitely had a stretch of some haas linemen.

  • New York

    Who would you compare him to? Tom-Tom? Willie?

  • cats for life

    you can compare ellis to willie griffin, better know as big will. He graduated in 84 and played for nebraska, ellis reminds me of him. Ellis is definetly a division 1 player.

  • New York

    That’s what I thought. About a once in a decade type of athlete.

  • Realist

    I did my research and this kid is special. I think his spot is Tackle. He will lock down any DE in the area. And with Monrovia being a run first team, they could us an O Lineman os his caliber.

  • Mr. McCarthy – ten minutes a day with a jump rope; trust me… it works. They won’t see you coming, big guy.

    Good luck.

    Laurence Todd

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