Mackay hauls in first offer

One of the more unsung players in the state of Washington has been Eastlake WR Cory Mackay, but things have been heating up for the playmaking wideout over the past few weeks on the recruiting front. On Tuesday night he got some good news as one of the schools recruiting him sent him his first offer and he's also seen some renewed interest from his top schools as well.

"UNLV called my coach today and told him that my offer was in the mail," Mackay told on Tuesday night. "They call me every week and really have shown me they want me to come and play there.

"It feels great to get this first one out of the way. It's a big relief with our big game coming up this week (vs. Bothell) and my coaches think that things will start to pick up more now that I've given my highlight tape out to a couple of schools."

One of the schools who got that highlight tape was the University of Washington who Mackay has watched play twice in person this year.

"I went to the Boise State and USC games," Mackay said. "I was supposed to go to the Ohio State game, but I couldn't make it.

"I gave my tape to coach (Mike) Denbrock and he said he would sit down and watch it and get back to me. Coach (Tim) Lappano likes me as a pass-receiving tight end or big wide receiver, but most schools (including Washington) are looking at me either as a tight end or a rush end/linebacker."

The other in-state D-1 program, Washington State, also has been turning up the heat on Mackay recently and he said he's planning to take an unofficial to the Palouse in the very near future.

"Coach (Timm) Rosenbach called and spoke with me and he said he liked my highlight tape," Mackay recalled. "He also told me that he wants to get two more game films as well so we're going to work on getting that to them real soon.

"He invited me over there for the UCLA game on the 27th so I'm going to head over there for that game and check them out."

Even though Mackay is happy to get the offer from UNLV he said he's not close to a decision.

"I don't really have a favorite school right now, but Washington is one of my top schools," Mackay noted. "I'm basically open to everyone and I'm going to take at least a couple of visits before I decide anything.

"Washington is my hometown school, so they definitely are up there for me and I like the offense they are running a lot."

Mackay leads Eastlake with 33 receptions for 622 yards and nine touchdowns and he's hoping to lead the third-ranked Wolves to a victory over number two Bothell on Friday night.

We'll have more in the coming weeks on the playmaker from the plateau.

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