Football: Monrovia’s Ellis McCarthy selected to take part in “The Opening” presented by Nike Football, July 5-9.

I got an e-mail from Nike early Wednesday afternoon, but I’m just getting a chance now to post this as Monrovia’s Ellis McCarthy earns another pretty cool honor. The 6-foot-5 defensive end was announced to the preliminary roster for “The Opening” presented by Nike Football. McCarthy, the Star-News Defensive Player of the Year, is one of the top 12 athletes to participate. Designed to give student-athletes the ultimate football training experience, “The Opening” represents five days of dynamic training, coaching and competition for 150 of the country’s most elite high school football players.

According to the e-mail, McCarthy was selected through his on-field performance and will learn from several of Nike’s world-class football athletes, coaches and trainers who will arm the athletes with the knowledge to develop their speed, explosiveness and position skills. Congrats, Ellis!

Below are the following players are among the standouts who received an invitation to compete at “The Opening”:

Position, Player, Hometown
WR Bralon Addison (Houston, Texas)
LB Kwon Alexander (Oxford, Ala.)
DB Travis Blanks (Tallahassee, Fla.)
DB T.J. Davis (Tallahassee, Fla.)
DL Dante Fowler Jr. (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
LB Dillon Lee (Buford, Ga.)
DB Marcus Maye (Melbourne, Fla.)
DL Ellis McCarthy (Monrovia, Calif.)
DB Wayne Morgan (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
WR Darius Powe (Long Beach, Calif.)
OL Jordan Simmons (Inglewood, Calif.)
RB Trey Williams (Houston, Texas)
LB Ukeme Eligwe (Stone Mountain, Ga.)
TE Taylor McNamara (San Diego, Calif.)



Weekend of Intense Training and Competition Pits Country’s Most Dynamic
Football Players in Unparalleled Skills Competitions.

BEAVERTON, Ore. (June 1, 2011) – They have the rating. They’ve put in the training. Now it’s time to show they can compete against other high school athletes. Nike today announced the schedule for “The Opening” presented by Nike Football – the ultimate football training experience – five days of dynamic training, coaching and competition for 150 of the country’s most elite high school football players.

Designed to give student-athletes the training and knowledge to develop their speed, explosiveness and position skills, “The Opening” brings together top performers from 12 Nike Football Training Camps (NFTC), combined with other top prospects – all battling for the chance to claim ultimate bragging rights.

“Bringing so much talent together to compete at an elite level is truly a unique occurrence,” said Leroy Ebanks, Jr. Nike’s Football-Athletic Training Brand Manager. “Nike looks forward to bringing together the world’s best young football players and trainers to elevate the intensity and give the athletes the pinnacle experience in competition and development.”

Every position and every aspect of the game will be highlighted over the course of the five-day program (July 5-9) with players being put to the ultimate test by the world’s top athletes and coaches. Nike will ultimately crown winners for the Nike 7ON tournament, Nike Linemen Challenge, and SPARQ Rating National Championship.

The only thing better than actually reaching the next level is letting the world watch you. For two decades ESPN RISE has helped bring top performers to national attention, introducing them through ESPN television and online networks. From the NFTC to “The Opening”, ESPN RISE will provide in-depth coverage of Nike Gridiron events and inform college coaches and fans everywhere of top Nike Football SPARQ Combine performances and official SPARQ Rating scores.

Several of Nike’s world-class football athletes will also be on hand during the tournament to assist in coaching and provide insights into athletic training at the highest level and what it takes to succeed on and off the football field.

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  • Observantcat

    You Go Ellis….I remember just a couple of years back when your name first got mentioned on these blogs and I predicted that you were going to make the most noise in the future of San Gabriel Valley Football, I was wrong, you made noise across the entire country. Keep up the good work and remember that teams are planning their entire offensive plots around stopping you from destoying their offensive gameplans. Stay positive and keep the community proud of what you have become.

    #1 Fan, Observantcat!

    Chime in Goldenarm…..You saw this coming as well.

  • i wonder

    Name some football kids to receive scholarships at Monrovia in the last 4 years…we hear of all these great talented on field kids but what about the academics? Great job Ellis but let’s finish in February..

  • Dan

    Anybody go to the Monrovia /West Covina passing game today? I couldn’t make it but I was just curious how the two teams matched up with one another. With the athletes both teams have it should have been a nice match up.

  • SaintsR4real

    Congrats Mr. McCarthy, best of luck and prayers to you.

    Enjoy the ride, keep it close to home.

  • Anonymous

    Both teams came out a little rusty, but Monrovia’s talent was by far at least from passing league standards much more ahtletic and dominating. Chris Solomon is a true stud and stood out for WC, but Monrovia has about 6-7 go to guys and put on a clinic. I think the final TD count was Mtown-10 WC-4 both teams have really good speed. QB wise G5 should have a monster season with all the weapons he has to throw to. WC’s QB is a slight bit slow at least at this point on his release, he should improve tremedously by playoff time. Hopefully everyone stays healthy. this could be a repeat of both div. champs.

  • Goldenarm


    Having watched McCarthy from his first days at M-town, the kid just keeps building his game. I don’t think anyone has seen the best from EM – it is yet to come.

    When he first arrived at Monrovia, word traveled down Huntington Drive to TC. The youngster the Rams first saw that year was big, more lanky than powerful and sometimes took himself out of plays by not understanding how blocking is supposed to work. To Ellis’ credit(and likely M-town coaching as well)this phase did not last long.

    This is a tremendous honor and huge opportunity for the young man. It also gives a sliver of bright light to our often criticized WSGV football programs, so I revel in some pride to see one of our own in the national spotlight. Especially a lineman!

  • Arcadia HOMMER

    I have a few comments to make, after reading the praises and cudos for EM please respect the fact that this young is one of us like him or hate him he is one of us. I dont care if you play for MHS DHS TCHS AHS LCHS SMHS SPHS etc long after he leaves Monrovia he will be one of us.

    We all know that people have their own biases and make comments to accent their own point of few. But lets just embrace this young man and support him on his journey. All im saying is, dont hate on the kid because of what others have bestowed upon him. I was on SCOUT.COM yesterday and this young man is rated in the top 5 defensive tackles in the USA. Like him or hate him that is pretty impressive. Yeah I know he could win the Lombadri trophy and some of the na sayers would have something negative to say. Im just glad that one of our own may be able to represent US (ALL OF US) when he goes out to play at the next level. Keep your head about you Ellis MCCarthy.

    Secondly, having watched the passing league yesterday and….I know its passing league and I know its early but MONROVIA IS DANGEROUS. They have speed on top of speed at the skilled positions and by all accounts are LOADED. I recall a post here a few months back when someone stated that Coach Maddoxx had a Ferrari in F35 Nick Bueno but had a 5 Passenger Bently in the Garage with Luke Williams, Anthony Craft, Mason Bryant and George Frazier the 5th, well looks like he took that Bently out for a drive around the block yesterday. It was impressive in the words of TUPAC ..PICTURE ME ROLLIN’

  • Dan

    Thanks for the passing game update, sounds like Monrovia is once again loaded, speed ,speed, speed for the Wildcats, good luck to them this season and looking forward to their matchups with South Hills and Glendora, if the Wildcats can keep improving like they have been,it would be nice to see a Bishop Amat or Rancho Cucamonga on their schedule in the near future.
    West Covina in recent years has been less than impressive in the summer passing circuit, I’m hoping they could start improving in that part of their game and carry it into their season to become a better balanced team, looks like we have some work to do in developing our QB’s over the summer, we don’t need a Chad Jefferies, or a Garret Pendelton, although that would be sweet, but all we need is enough of a passing game to loosen up the defense for our run game, with some work over the summer, I think the qb we have can do just that, he doesen’t have the gun that George Johnson had last year, but if he can just make good decisions, and settle for the short to medium pass when the long one isn’t there, we should be ok.

  • New York

    Congrats Ellis. As the Arcadia Homer said, we will all enjoy watching you for years to come.

    As you know, the difference against teams like Amat is depth (especiallyo on the LOS) and consistent intensity that they are accustomed to practicing and playing with.

    Talents like Ellis are rare (obviously), but it is a real tribute to Maddox, his staff and the rest of the community that Ellis did not transfer out a few years ago. The rest of the crew are talented and will likely get noticed by some of the scouts stopping by to see Ellis. Personally, I thinkg Ellis could have even set some records for touchdown catches (redzone tight end) if we had needed him to do that last year.

    Year 4 of the Maddox era will be fun to watch.