Former Baltimore (MD) Edmondson-Westside High star David Mackall was one of the star's of the Offense/Defense bowl in Myrtle Beach, SC. Described by Scout.com Midwest Regional Manager Allen Trieu as "a beast off of the edge," the then Maryland commitment was a presence in the opposing backfield in practices and in the game. It was a showing that belied his sleeper status, leading many to believe he would be an instant factor for the Terrapins. Unfortunately for Ralph Friedgen's squad, Mackall didn't qualify out of high school. He opted to go the prep school route in hopes of changing that.
"David is a post graduate student with us at Fork Union Military Academy," said Coach John Shuman. "He was excellent (this season). He's 6-3, 255, he was our leader in sacks with about 12, leader in tackles… he is that Shawn Merriman type of guy. He's definitely one of our best players."
Despite still being listed as a Maryland commit a number of schools are in hot pursuit of the versatile youngster, including the University of Michigan.
"His high school coach sent some tape out to Michigan about two months ago and they liked what they saw," Shuman reported. "They called me. They got him on the phone and said they were going to offer him and then they faxed the letter of offer. That's been about two months ago. All indications are he is considering Michigan. Connecticut, Virginia, NC State, Virginia Tech, they're all circling around. This guy could go anywhere in the country. That's how good he is."
That's hefty praise from a coach of one of the most renowned post grad schools in the country… one that has a reputation for perennially producing big time D1 caliber prospects. The Wolverines harvested Chris Perry from Fork Union ten years ago and now appear determined to have Mackall follow suit.
"He can play back as a linebacker and he can play down as a rush guy," stated Shuman. They call that position the sparrow (i.e. the QUICK) or something. They like him as that slash type guy. Everybody likes him like that."
One of the keys in moving up Mackall's list might well be getting him on campus for a visit. When exactly that will happen is up in the air, but it's already clear that it won't happen anytime soon.
"We are not going to allow him to visit any schools until after December 10th because he's here to get eligible," Shuman explained. "We told him that if you get into the wine & dine stage and start visiting, that's not going to help your eligibility. We have SAT's this weekend, we have a big game the following weekend, then we go on Thanksgiving break… then we come back and have an SAT and then an ACT. So it's going to be hard for him to take any visits before the Christmas holiday."
GoBlueWolverine will have more on Mackall in the coming weeks.