Signee Capsule: Travis Mackay

BeaverBlitz continues to go in-depth on the new 2017 signees. Today we take a closer look at offensive lineman Travis Mackay.

BIO:

Checks in at 6-foot 6-inches tall and 270 pounds, Travis Mackay was the stalwart along Central Catholic’s offensive line this past fall. He was named 1st team All-State and Mt. Hood Conference.  Helped lead Central Catholic to the 6A state championship game, starting the season 0-2 & 3-3, before falling to #1 ranked West Linn, to finish with a 10-4 record. A solid 3* athlete on Scout, he was the 4th ranked tackle prospect in the state but arguably had the best senior campaign out of the four.

LEAD OSU RECRUITER:

TJ Woods – Area & Position

RECRUITMENT:

Mackay chose Oregon State over offers from California, Nevada and Wyoming, while also receiving interest from Washington State, Boise State and Oregon. Mackay pledged to the Beavers last July, a month after receiving his offer. The Broncos remained in contact with him throughout the process and he contemplated taking a late official visit to Boise but ultimately decided against it, staying strong with his commitment.

WHY OREGON STATE:

“I really feel like I fit the program. I can make a name for myself at the college level at OSU. I am really excited about the education and figuring out what I will do with my future.”

EVALUATION:

Extremely physical tackle prospect… Moves really well for size, but will need to bulk up from 270 pounds before being able to contribute at Pac-12 level. Long armed, already adapt in pulling and lead blocking but has the right frame to be a good pass protecting tackle as well. Love his tenacity, always looking for someone to knock down. When he finishes one block, he is quick to move onto next target… Another very athletic offensive linemen in the class of 2017…

Central Catholic Head Coach, Steve Pyne:

“Travis is a very competitive, hard working player. He is always looking to finish plays. He is a young man of high character.”

 

INSIDE THE COMMITMENT:

The connection between Central Catholic and Oregon State has paid big in past seasons, with the Beavers currently boasting high profile Ram grads Blake Brandel and Ryan Nall. Mackay looks to join them next fall and keep the pipeline strong from one of the state’s premier programs.


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