Magee packs a punch

His list of favorite linebackers reads like a who's who of Hall-of-Famers and future first-ballot Hall-of-Famers - Ray Lewis, Jack Lambert, Dick Butkus, and Mike Singletary. Keandre Magee isn't in that same group yet. In fact he's not even close. But he's already working his way into record books where and when he can.

Magee set school records for tackles in a season (121) and tackles in a game (18, all in the first half) while garnering All-Metro, Second Team All-State, and Metro League Defensive MVP at linebacker for the Seattle (Wash.) O'Dea Fighting Irish. Little wonder that the Washington Huskies have taken notice of this hometown bulldozer.

At 6-0, 220-pounds, Magee is a load that plugs the middle with speed (4.6) and power (300 bench max), but 18 tackles in a half? That's where Magee's ability to self-motivate comes in.

The record was set last season against Ingraham. "I have more incentive to play real hard against them because I got some friends on that team, and they were saying they were going to just beat us," Magee told last night. And while Magee has been lifting hard in preparation for two-a-days and his teams rematch with Bainbridge, his recruiting picture is becoming clearer.

His current top five includes Notre Dame, Arizona, Oregon, Oregon State, and Washington. And while there's no offer on the table from the Huskies as of yet, it's apparent that the Husky staff will be keeping a close eye on Magee's defensive exploits this fall. "They send me a lot of stuff," he said. "They're saying they're going to be watching me this season and that they look forward to me having a great season, and that they're looking forward to seeing me play."

Magee hasn't set up any visits as of yet, but letters from Coach Neuheisel have made an impact on this middle linebacker, although he's impressed with how Notre Dame has been recruiting him. "I like Notre Dame," Keandre said. "I like the U-Dub also. And Oregon. Oregon sends me a lot of stuff too. Plus, Notre Dame--I mean, I like them--but they're in the midwest and I kind of want to stay on the West Coast."

With the ability to stick 18 ballcarriers in a half, let's hope he decides to stay in the Puget Sound portion of the West Coast. Top Stories