Huskies make impression on McCarthy

The Huskies have made no secret of their intentions with Monrovia (Ca.) OL/DT Ellis McCarthy. This week, the talented two-way lineman spoke with about where the Huskies, along with pretty much every other school recruiting him, have told him they see him playing should he sign with them...

"Washington wants me at D-tackle," McCarthy told "Pretty much every school that has offered me wants me on that side of the ball.

"(Washington) likes my size and they said they could see me inside at either of the spots in the there -- the three or the nose -- or they could even see me playing end, depending on what they are trying to do."

As a two-way lineman, McCarthy rarely comes off the field, but after posting 69 tackles and 11 sacks for a Wildcat team that went 12-2, he said he prefers defense.

"I love to hit and be aggressive," McCarthy said. "It's just more fun to play defense for me and a lot of people say that's why they think I'm so successful."

On the recruiting front, McCarthy already has double-digit offers, receiving full rides from Oklahoma and Michigan recently, and he said that the Huskies are right there near the top of his list.

"I haven't narrowed things down yet to a top five yet," McCarthy said before adding, "Washington has made a big impression on me though. Coach (Demetrice Martin) is really easy to get along with and he's trying to get me up there for a visit.

"I'm going to try and make it up there either this next month so I can see some of their practices or I want to get up there in the summer, maybe for their 'Rising Stars Camp' in June sometime.

"In the next couple months I'd like to narrow things down to schools I want to focus on and Washington is right there and they have a good chance of being in my top five."

In addition to being a standout on the football field, McCarthy is also an accomplished Discus and Shot thrower for his track and field team.

"My longest on the shot is 45-feet and on the discus it's 138," McCarthy said. "It helps me stay in shape and it helps me work on my explosiveness."

We'll continue to check in on McCarthy in the coming weeks and months and we'll update things as they happen with him.

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