|High School:||Bishop Kelly HS '11|
HS: Graduated from Bishop Kelly HS in 2011. McCarthy was a four-year starter in high school and set school tackle records in a career (377), season (177) and single game (24). A two-time first-team All-State selection and a second-team pick as a sophomore, he was picked as Idaho’s Gatorade Football Player of the Year in 2010 after leading his school to the 4A State title. He was also selected as one of 50 players nationally as Old Spice National Player of the Year. As a senior, the Idaho Statesman picked him as its State 4A Player of the Year. He was a two-time 4A Southern Idaho Conference Defensive Player of the Year and twice earned All-Idaho honors. One of the highest-rated recruits by scouting services that Eastern has ever signed, Scout.com rated him as a three-star recruit and the No. 52 linebacker in the nation. Rivals.com rated him as the No. 36 linebacker nationally. He played as a linebacker and fullback in leading the Knights to a 12-0 record, capped by a 41-28 victory over Blackfoot on the blue turf at Bronco Stadium in Boise, Idaho. He finished his senior season with a school-record 177 total tackles, including 10 sacks and 20 tackles for loss. He also forced nine fumbles and intercepted four passes. On offense, he rushed for 603 yards and seven touchdowns on 93 carries (6.5 per carry), and caught 11 passes for 172 yards and three more scores. He was awarded the MVP award for varsity linebackers in the 2010 Boise State University team camp. As a junior, he had 151 tackles, 8 1/2 sacks and two interceptions. He also rushed for 109 yards (12.1 per rush) and caught seven passes for 34 yards. Besides earning second-team All-State honors as a sophomore, he was a second-team All-Southern Idaho Conference linebacker. He became the first player in school history to start all varsity games as a freshman. McCarthy also competed in track and field, and won the State 4A title in the shot put as a junior with an effort of 51-10. One meet earlier, he had a career-best 52-4 1/2. He placed third in the State in shot put as a freshman with a throw of 47-5 and seventh as a sophomore with a toss of 44-11 1/2. He has a 3.0 grade point average in high school and volunteered on behalf of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, an area homeless shelter and youth football camps.
Personal: Born 1/29/93 in Lewiston, Idaho. His parents are Joe and Shellie McCarthy. Intends on majoring in physical therapy or exercise science.