Four-star linebacker high on Cougs post-visit

A 4-STAR JUNIOR COLLEGE linebacker with more than 200 tackles over the past two seasons, came away high on Washington State after an official visit to the Palouse this past weekend. The strong sense of community really impressed, he said. The 225-pounder with 4.62 speed came to Pullman without a WSU scholarship offer but by the time he left he had one firmly secured.

Linebacker Daron Mackey (6.0 225 4.62) out of Bakersfield College said he could see himself donning the crimson and gray this August at the Cougs' fall camp.

"I liked the whole community. It's a place I can see myself at, and I liked the facilities and everything. And I really just liked the community -- it's Washington State, and there's a strong sense of community there," said Mackey.

WSU ASSISTANT COACH Todd Sturdy has been running the point for the Cougs on Mackey. On his trip to Pullman, he bonded with a couple Cougar 'backers.

"They offered me on my trip. I like the coaching staff there because they were down to earth when they talked to you...Coach Sturdy...he can talk to you. Cory Evans and Greg Trent were my hosts and they were pretty cool guys," said Mackey.

ORIGINALLY OUT OF West Bakersfield High in 2006 before his junior college turn, Mackey logged over 200 tackles the past two seasons at Bakersfield according to

"I don't know what my tackles were this year but I had 6.5 sacks, four interceptions, a touchdown return on one of them, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery," said Mackey.

After playing outside linebacker (WIL) his first season at Bakersfield, Mackey used his 225 pounds on the inside at the middle linebacker spot a good portion of this past year. When he wasn't in the middle, he was back outside, alternately blitzing and dropping back in coverage on the tight end for Bakersfield, who went 12-1 this past season.

MACKEY HAS A trip scheduled to Boise State this weekend. He's also hearing from Idaho and is talking "a little bit" with Nevada. Fresno State and San Jose State are also in the mix. The WSU offer was his first, he said.

"I really don't know much about them (BSU) but I know they have a good program," said Mackey.

Mackey, who did not redshirt at Bakersfield, has 3-to-play-2 at the next level.

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