Football: A lot of buzz surrounding next year’s class

There will be a lot of buzz surrounding area high school football next season.

The current junior class already consists of highly touted recruit Ellis McCarthy from Monrovia, who’s considered a five-star recruit according to ESPN and has offers from USC, UCLA, Arizona, Cal, Washington and Florida.

The 6-foot-5, 295-pound defensive lineman recently was chosen to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl next season. McCarthy, who took part in this year’s U.S. Army National Combine in San Antonio, made 69 tackles and a team-high 11 sacks, and led the Wildcats to their first CIF- Southern Section Mid-Valley Division championship. He also was named the Star- News Defensive Player of the Year.

It’s looking like two more highly touted recruits will join McCarthy in the recruiting frenzy next season.

Arcadia’s Taylor Lagace, who led the Pacific League with four interceptions and caught 42 catches for 650 yards and nine touchdowns, was offered a scholarship to Boise State, according to Arcadia coach Jon Dimalante. Lagace, a Star-News All-Area defensive back, adds the Broncos to a list of hopefuls that already includes Northern Arizona and New Mexico State.

Below: Arcadia’s Taylor Lagace picked up Boise State over the weekend.

Dimalante said Lagace, the Pacific League Player of the Year, and his father took an unofficial trip last week and he was offered a scholarship the same day. He added that he’s unsure whether Lagace – who just got back from Las Vegas after playing 7-on-7 with teammate and quarterback Myles Carr – will decide before the start of the season.

“I’m not sure,” Dimalante said. “It’ll be up to him and his family. I think there are going to be a lot more offers around the corner, but Boise State is a great program.

“He was only there for a day, but he really liked the campus, the facilities and the coaches.”

Muir wide receiver Karl Holmes signed with Arizona State earlier this month, and Kevon Seymour figures to make a similar jump soon.

The defensive back who earned first-team all-area honors after recording 47 tackles and seven touchdowns while playing three positions was offered a scholarship from Florida, according to’s Brandon Huffman. Seymour also has offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, New Mexico State, Oregon State, San Jose State, UCLA and Washington.

Below: Muir’s Kevon Seymour has plenty of options.

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