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Breaking down Ellis McCarthy

The Monrovia, Calif., defensive tackle already has the necessary size and strength

Updated: December 7, 2011, 10:31 AM ET
By Kyle Williams | We Are SC
LOS ANGELES  When I saw Ellis McCarthy for the first time at the Nike Football Training Camp at USC last summer, the first thing I noticed was the sheer size of the kid. Having just finished his junior year in high school, McCarthy looked like some of the guys I played with and against in the NFL. With McCarthy's massive size, it's easy to see why he's one of the top recruits in the country.

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Tom Hauck for ESPN.comMonrovia, Calif., defensive tackle Ellis McCarthy certainly passes the eye test, as he has Division I size and strength already.
Strengths

Sometimes young, big defensive lineman tend to be disproportionate, but this is not the case with McCarthy. Standing at 6-foot-4 and weighing 305 pounds, the senior from Monrovia (Calif.) High School has a solid build and a frame that easily could support another 15 pounds.

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