Mackey Contemplates Switching Commitment

"We're going to recruit players who can run" said head coach David Cutcliffe when he was introduced to the media. One such player made his way to Durahm this weekend in the form of Louisiana prospect Trent Mackey. Though previously committed to Tulane, Mackey now may be contemplating a change of heart.

"I had a great visit to Duke this weekend," Trent Mackey told TDD on Sunday afternoon. "I loved the guys, I loved the coaches, and I loved the school. Duke's got everything I'm looking for. Right now I'm going to sit down with my dad and we're going to talk it out, and then I'll make my decision."

The decision in question is whether to follow through on his verbal commitment to Tulane or to switch his pledge to the Blue Devils. And, after this weekend, it looks as though David Cutcliffe will get the nod.

"When you look at them, each school has stuff going for it, but in the end Duke is the better school academically, they play in a better conference, and there's more opportunity. Right now it comes down to me making the right decision for me."

Rated as a two star prospect, but one of the top linebackers in the state of Louisiana, Mackey had an outstanding junior year with 161 total tackles and 12 sacks from his middle spot and he was rewarded with Class 5A First Team All-State honors. He followed that up with another decorated senior season where he earned 1st Team Class 5A All-State and MVP honors on the defensive side of the ball with 103 tackles, 5 sacks & 13 TFLs.

Though he lacks ideal size, it's hard to discount his numbers both on the field and in the combine circuit where he was clocked running a 4.48 forty over the summer and he put together a 4.37 three cone drill while jumping 31" in the vertical jump test. It was certainly good enough to gain offers from Ole Miss and UL-Lafayette before his pick of the Green Wave. And it's certainly gotten the attention of the new Duke coaching staff which is offering him a shot at immediate playing time.

"They coaches were telling me that I can come in and have a chance to play really early. I like how they don't play favorites or anything like that. The best players will play for Duke next year, and that's something that's attractive. They are recruiting me to play outside linebacker, and say that if I come in ready I'll have a chance to compete."

Mackey believe he will have a decision in the next two to three days.


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