Not only did Wisconsin make the top eight schools for Miami Booker T. Washington senior defensive back Dedrick Mackey, they impressed him enough to be one of the five schools he said he’ll take an official visit to in order to thoroughly evaluate the school.
Wisconsin joined Arkansas, Florida Atlantic, Iowa State, Purdue, South Florida, Temple and UCF on Mackey’s list.
“It feels great to have so much options to continue my football career,” Mackey told BadgerNation. “Wisconsin is a great overall school, and although I haven’t visited, I will visit for a game this year. I’ve heard the stadium is crazy and nuts and I can’t wait to see it in person. I’ve seen videos of Jump Around and it looks awesome. That’s one reason why they made my top eight, and one reason why I’ll be visiting this fall.”
Along with Wisconsin, Mackey said he plans to take official visits to Arkansas, Iowa State, Purdue and UCF. Mackey said the Cyclones are currently recruiting him the hardest, and named them his leader earlier in the month, but said he’s open to all the schools on his list.
One thing Mackey is looking for in a school is an opportunity to improve his football game and to improve as a person. While saying his top eight schools provide what he is looking for, Mackey states Wisconsin goes up and beyond with developing their athletes, one reason the Badgers stick out to him.
“It’s awesome to have a chance to play for Wisconsin,” he said. “They’re a top program every year and send multiple guys to the league ever year. I want that to be me, and with the masterminds Wisconsin has on their staff, and with my work ethic, I know it can be me. They also have a great past record of sending defensive backs to the N.F.L. and that is what first caught my attention.”
Mackey plans to spend the rest of the summer taking a handful of visits and focusing on improving his game in order to get ready for his senior season.
“I’ve been told by a lot of college coaches that they love my quickness and agility, but I need to work on fundamentals,” he said. “Body position, strength and timing ball in air is huge for my improvement. I’m not afraid to take criticism, so I’ll be taking some more visits this summer then I will focus on those areas for this upcoming season. Our goal is simple, to win a state championship, and I’m going to do everything I can to make that goal true.”