In a long history of standout Everett quarterbacks, Karmarri Ellerbe is looking to cement his own legacy.
Following in the footsteps of former greats such as Matt Nuzzo, John DiBiaso and Jake Wilcox, Ellerbe has the Crimson Tide firmly in the Division 1 Super Bowl conversation as his all around skillset makes him one of the premier playmakers in Massachusetts.
“He’s tough and he is fearless,” Everett coach Rob DiLoreto said. “He plays within the moment. He does not let a positive play go to his head too much. He is very even tempered.”
The Everett native has been playing football since he was 5 years old. Despite being the youngest player on the field and often playing up in age divisions, Ellerbe excelled due to his linebacker-esque build.
As he got closer to high school, Ellerbe became more familiar with the history that followed the Crimson Tide program. He went to games, heard stories of alums who went on to play college and professional football, and became enamored with suiting up in the crimson and gold.
“When I was a little kid I used to see the alumni and current high school kids talking about the greatness of this program,” Ellerbe recalled. “It just seemed special.”
When DiLoreto arrived at Everett for his first season as head coach he was impressed by what he saw in Ellerbe. His sheer size for a quarterback was clear, but so too were his raw intangibles, including his toughness, leadership qualities and competitiveness.
As a sophomore during the ‘Fall II’ season in 2021, Ellerbe was passed over at the starting position for Sammy Lamothe so he served as the backup. When he arrived in the fall for his junior once again the starting job was no guarantee.
“After he lost in the battle as a sophomore, he once again competed for the job in the fall against a senior and earned the position,” DiLoreto said. “Then we knew he was a starter coming back this year but he has had to earn it and that has helped his performance. He has not been able to take his position for granted.”
Ellerbe flourished during his junior season, leading Evertt to notable wins, including on the road at Xaverian and an 8-1 overall season. This time around the senior has done one better as he has befuddled defenses with his ability to bulldoze opposing defensive fronts, use his speed to break away from secondaries, and show off his arm strength for crucial completions.
Unlike most quarterbacks who may be lankier or taller, Ellerbe is just the opposite as he raises eyebrows at 6-foot-2, 225 pounds.
“I think I surprise a lot of teams when they show up to play against us in the respect that most quarterbacks are taller or skinnier but I am a decent size strength wise,” Ellerbe said.
For the season, Ellerbe has shown that he is a true dual threat quarterback. He has thrown for 640 yards and eight touchdowns while adding 845 yards and 10 more scores on the ground.
“I always tell our guys to just get us into third and short,” DiLoreto said. “Because when we get there, Kaarmarri gives us so many options with his ability to run downhill in particular.”
While Ellerbe may not be slated to pile up the passing yardage of the aforementioned Crimson Tide quarterbacks, he is still in position to lead Everett to the top of Massachusetts football.
The Crimson Tide are set to take on No. 3 Central Catholic in a battle between schools with plenty of history in the Division 1 quarterfinals. On the sidelines for that game will be Karmarri’s twin sister, who serves as an Everett cheerleader, just another sign that the Ellerbe family is another one who has absorbed the tradition of Everett football.
“There are big shoes to fill here,” Elerbee said. “Players who have come through this program have played professionally, at big Division 1 schools. I’ve been waiting for this opportunity to represent this program since freshman year. Now it’s up to me to take advantage.”
NAME: Karmarri Ellerbe
SCHOOL: Everett Memorial High School
HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6-2, 225
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Two-year starter
FAVORITE PERSONAL MOMENT IN SPORTS: Playing for the people I love and the city behind me
FAVORITE COURSE IN SCHOOL: English
LEAST FAVORITE COURSE IN SCHOOL: Math
FAVORITE PIGOUT FOOD: Steak
FAVORITE TV SHOW: Anything on ESPN
FAVORITE MUSICIAN: Lil’ Baby
FAVORITE VIDEO GAME: Madden
FAVORITE SMARTPHONE APP: Tik Tok
FAVORITE PRO SPORTS TEAM: Baltimore Ravens
FAVORITE ATHLETE: Cam Newton
HOW DO YOU PREPARE FOR A GAME: I listen to music and tune out distractions
IF YOU COULD BE SOMEONE ELSE FOR A DAY, WHO WOULD IT BE: Bill Gates
CAREER AMBITIONS: National Football League