Oklahoma State offered Arizona Western C.C. linebacker Patrick Macon way back in the early summer. You have to think that Cowboys defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Glenn Spencer is really excited over getting one of the targets that the staff and Spencer earmarked very early.
Macon did a nice job of confirming his signature to us as he text us a photo of the signed paperwork. The 6-2, 235-pound Macon finished his career at Arizona Western with 177 career tackles, 40 tackles for loss, including 27.5 of those this season on the way to being the runner-up for the NJCAA national champion. This season Macon also had nine sacks, nine fumbles caused, two fumbles recovered, and an interception.
"I'm a hustle guy," Macon said. "That is the way I would describe my play. I make a lot of tackles and if I don't make the tackle then I get close to it and I do it because I hustle. I will play hard all the time.
"My road to getting to Oklahoma State has been long," he confessed as he is originally from Central High School in Millagan, Tenn., near Memphis. "I got out there because the coach came to me and said we want you out here playing for us. I thought my football career was over because I had messed up my grades, but these coaches gave me a chance and said if I came here and played hard that we could get a national championship."
They came close, losing 25-22 to Garden City Community College in the last minute of the El Toro Bowl for the championship in the NJCAA. Oddly enough, in that game Macon played against the other junior college signee from today at Oklahoma State and a fellow official visitor from last weekend in big offensive tackle Arlington Hambright.
"He didn't trash talk at all," Macon said of Hambright last weekend. "He's good people and he's a good player. I'm looking forward to being on the same team with him."
Macon said he will major in sociology and sounds like a young man who appreciates the second chance that junior college football gave him. He is ranked 26th in the Scout Junior College Top 100 prospects and is a 4-star recruit from Scout.
"My junior college coaches did a great job preparing me and helping me get here," he added. "I appreciate them and look forward to playing for the coaches at Oklahoma State. Stillwater is beautiful and there was so much hospitality."