Macklin back from visit

Chad Macklin is a 6-8, 270-pound weak tackle prospect from Visalia (Calif.) Golden West, and he just returned from an official visit to Washington State, where he a real thriller in the Palouse, a 29-26 win by the Washington Huskies in triple overtime. Macklin is being recruited by both the Huskies and Cougars. Did that cause any loyalty issues during the game?

"I just watched the game," Macklin told tonight. "Both teams were really good and I was cheering for both of them in my head. But since I was sitting with the players that were redshirting, I had to root for the Washington State. That atmosphere at the game was incredible. It's the only game I've ever been to where the fans stood on every play."

Chad has a brother that plays for Sacramento State, so football certainly runs in his genes. "I know I need to gain some weight, but I have very good foot speed and I'm a knee-bender," he said. "I stay very low when I play. I think I played really well this season. I just kept progressing and progressing the whole season. We had a lot of talent on the team, but we just couldn't put a game together."

Golden West finished 5-5 for the season, and Macklin averaged roughly 5-6 pancake blocks per game. "I lead by action," he said, describing his demeanor on the field. "I was a captain this year. I won't yell around all the time. I'll yell if I have to. I mostly set examples and standards for the other guys."

He currently runs a 4.9 40, squats 450 pounds and power cleans 285. "I haven't maxed out on bench in a while," he said. Chad had a dislocated shoulder last year, but said "It's 100 percent now. It's stronger than it was."

Colleges haven't been scared off by the surgery at all. Macklin has offers from Washington State, Washington, Oregon State, Northwestern and Fresno State.

He just visited Washington State this past weekend. "They were the first one to send me letters, since I was a freshman," Chad said. "They are having a good season too, so I wanted to go there and see what the program is all about. I really liked the atmosphere there. It's in a little town, and it's all Cougars. It's a really little place and it seemed that everybody knew each other. I can see how it would make you focus on school and football, so that's never a bad thing. And I got to meet all the coaches and I really like them too. I could see myself playing there."

Freshman tight end Jesse Taylor was his host. "He just talked about the coaches and how he really enjoys them, how they are always around if you need to find them," Macklin said. "They are always there for you. I like that a lot."

And on a scale of 1 to 10, Chad gave his visit a solid 7. "It popped in my mind (about commiting), but I need to have something to compare the visit to," he said. "I want to see how Washington compares and then go from there."

And a leader? It sounds like he has two. "I'd say all of them are pretty even, with Washington State and Washington having a little advantage," he said. "I've always really liked Washington. I don't know what turns me on about them, but they always have."

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