Trip Report: Cory Mackay

SEATTLE - It's a recruiting battle that hasn't materialized much of late, but with the hiring of Paul Wulff at WSU, he's made it clear that he's not going to settle for second-best. Cory Mackay, the 6-foot-4, 210-pound athlete from Eastlake High School in Sammamish knows full well that he's in both schools' cross-hairs. But he's only committed to one.

"I'm committed to them, and I've always been committed to them," Mackay told the Washington coaches after his official visit Sunday. "I told them that I'm a Dawg. I'm visiting Washington State to see what they have to offer, and they understand that. I was talking with Coach (Randy) Hart and he told me that if he was me he'd be taking all five visits. It's a lifetime opportunity, and they understood."

Mackay added that there has been 'no pressure' from either UW or WSU about a commitment right now. "It's been fun."

So how about his visit to Montlake? "My visit was a lot of fun," Mackay said. "Cody Habben was my host. It was fun just kicking it in the team room, playing Guitar Hero with the guys, the players and the recruits. And going on the field at night last night - they played a highlight with music. That was pretty nice."

Even though Mackay lives pretty close to UW, he learned some new things about the school. "I hadn't seen the campus at all," he said. "All I had seen before was the campus and the Dempsey Center and the field. I hadn't seen the campus or the dorms or Greek Row. I hadn't seen that before, so that was cool.

"Everyone is real tight on the team. I like that. It's a tight-knit group. It feels like everyone has everyone else's back. I like that a lot."

Mackay also took an opportunity to talk more with the UW coaches. "I learned about what they are expecting for next year," he said. "And it was more about attitude and mental toughness. That's what I talked about with Coach (Tyrone) Willingham and (Chris) Tormey.

"They want me to come in and play linebacker over the tight end - strong-side linebacker. And they also want me to play some coverage. I was also talking to (Tim) Lappano and Willingham and they both said that I might do some things in the red-zone, like goal-line fades, some red-zone offense."

Since his visit to Washington was only his first, Mackay has nothing to compare it to. As such, he rated his visit a '7 or 8'. "There was never a dull moment," he said. "There were no negatives at all."

And what is he expecting from his visit to the Palouse next weekend? "I know there's going to be a big, nationally-televised basketball game we're going to against Oregon," he said. "I don't really know what to expect. It's a lot different in Pullman than Seattle."

He added that WSU will be running the spread offense next year, so they like him as a receiving tight end.

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