Redmond's Mackay to officially visit WSU

PAUL WULFF AND STAFF have hit the recruiting trail full speed. Cory Mackay had an in-home with new Washington State head man Wulff on Thursday night. The 6-foot-4, 216 pounder out of Redmond's Eastlake High was poised to pledge WSU just before it was announced Bill Doba wouldn't be returning to Pullman. Mackay verballed to the Dawgs shortly thereafter. But where do things stand now?

Cory Mackay (6-4, 216, 4.6) will officially visit Washington State in January, the weekend after he takes his official to the UW. Paul Wulff was in the Mackay living room late into Thursday evening.

"I liked him," said Mackay. "He seemed like a family guy, real honest and straightforward. And passionate about the program. And Mike Levenseller came to my house last week and answered all the questions I had."

POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES have yet to be made public by Wulff but it would appear certain Levenseller will continue to work with the receivers. Mackay said it's a definite plus that Levenseller, who has coached the Cougar wide receivers the past 16 seasons and been OC since '01, is staying put at Washington State.

Levenseller and Mackay have been in steady contact over the course of the recruiting year and Don Bartel, who was a graduate assistant at Washington State from 2002-04 and is now Mackay's defensive coach at Eastlake.

"We (Levy) talk every week. He's actually good friends with my defensive coach at Eastlake. Don Bartel told me straight up that I can trust coach Levy, that he wouldn't pressure me on anything or lie to me about anything.

"Definitely, it means a lot (Levy is there) because I have a good relationship with him and I'm going to be a receiver, kind of a tight end type (if I go there)...I run a 4.6 now," said Mackay.

WULFF THIS PAST WEEK has said with it getting late in the day and in order to gauge their interest -- Wulff was named head coach at WSU three days ago, Signing Day is Feb. 6 -- he and his staff will touch base with Cougar targets who may have orally pledged to other schools. (Verbal commitments are not binding.)

In Mackay, that interest clearly remained.

"We set up an official visit, I'm visiting (WSU) the third weekend in January. I visit Washington the second week of January...I'm committed to Washington but I'm still going to take my visits (to Washington and Washington State) just to reassure myself that I'm making the right decision," said Mackay.

On, when a recruit remains verbally committed and takes an official visit to another school, he is classified as a "soft verbal."

MACKAY SAID the late night in-home visit with Wulff lasted about an hour, going over what the new Washington State offensive scheme will be about, and how Wulff was going to run the Cougar team and program.

"It sounds like a lot of passing," laughed Mackay. "They want to use me a receiving type person, and that was real exciting."

The 6-foot-4, 216 pounder is being recruited by Washington State as a receiver, while the school he verbally committed to, the UW, likes him at linebacker. Mackay said where he plays at the next level won't be the biggest consideration.

"Not really. But I probably prefer offense over defense. He (Wulff) said I have a lot of athleticism for my size, and speed, and that's what they're looking for -- guys that are fast and athletic," said Mackay. "Washington liked the same things basically...and my defensive instinct to find the QB in pass rushing situations.

MACKAY WAS ACTUALLY VERY CLOSE to becoming a Cougar at the tail end of November.

"Washington State, coach (Bill) Doba and (Timm) Rosenbach were coming to my house, but they got fired the day before they were supposed to come by," said Mackay. "They were going to offer me. And I thought I was going to be a Cougar.

"So that didn't happen and then Washington offered."

The final outcome on this one, however, looks to stretch into the latter half of January before it's decided on where he'll be playing his college ball.

In '07, Mackay racked up 64 receptions for 1,200 yards (18.8 ypc) and 14 TDs. Among his postseason honors and accolades, he was named Star Times all-area by The Seattle Times. Also named an all-league linebacker, he lead the King-Co conference with 18 sacks.

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