This week Deming HS (Deming NM) fullback Reggie Mackey becomes the first Lobo commit of the 2012 class. We had the opportunity to speak with Reggie about his commitment to New Mexico and the timing as the 5-10 245 lb fullback recently transferred from Hobbs New Mexico to Deming.
"For personal reasons it was just better for me to transfer," says
Mackey. "I just spoke with the NMAA and I will be allowed to play my
Great news for the powerful running back as he recently made a
commitment to play for the University of New Mexico and Coach Mike Locksley.
"Yesterday I made that commitment!" exclaims Mackey. So with that
Reggie Mackey becomes the first player of the 2012 class to commit
to the UNM. Interestingly enough this commitment from a New Mexico
athlete comes on the heels of some people questioning Locksley's
ability or desire to recruit the New Mexico athlete. Obviously a guy
like Reggie Mackey disputes that notion quickly as he told me what
prompted his decision on the Lobos.
"Coach Locksley really sold me," says Mackey. "He really sold the
university pretty well to me. I came down there for an unofficial
visit this spring and they really made me feel welcomed. The
coaching staff has a lot of experienced and really excited about
coaching and the season."
After the un-official visit to New Mexico and an appearance at one
of UNM's day camps Reggie Mackey left Albuquerque with an offer. He
said that he took some time to think about and weigh his options.
"New Mexico State, some schools in Texas, Eastern (New Mexico) and
some other D-II schools were recruiting me," says Mackey. "I kept
thinking New Mexico. There is a whole bunch of excitement, and I
feel there is a real chance for me to play there, and I want to play
With the move to Deming and the change right before his senior
season I asked Reggie what he has to work on this season and coming
off-season? "Working on my footwork and speed. The game changes
every year from Jr. High to high school and now college," replied
Mackey. "The speed at college is out of this world. Strength isn't
an issue for me I'm a pretty strong guy, but I want to work on speed
and becoming a student of the game."
And Reggie what will the guys at Deming and next year New Mexico see
is your strongest asset as a football player? "They will say I'm a
competitor," answered Mackey "You can have all the physical talent
in the world, but if you can't compete and have that drive to win,
that doesn't mean anything. That is my best attribute, doing
whatever it takes to win."
In the game of recruiting Reggie Mackey becomes #1 at UNM and in the
next couple of weeks we will see players line up to follow the big
fullback. Stay tuned to TheRedMenace.com for the latest news on New
Mexico Lobo recruiting.
Numero Uno, #1, El Primero, The First!
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