Mackey trips to Pac 10 school and gets offer

One of the top JC linebackers this past season was Bakersfield's Daron Mackey (6-0, 225). He was a big producer as a freshman in 2006 and this past season he put up even better stats. The playmaking linebacker from sothern California tripped to a Pac 10 school this pas weekend and picked up his first offer and now he's focused on a visit scheduled to a WAC powerhouse.

"I was up at Washington State this past weekend," Mackey told recently. "I met with coach (Paul) Wulff and he told me they really liked my film and how I ran around and made plays.

"I was surprised how much I enjoyed my trip there. It's a real 'college town' and Cory Evans, he's a linebacker up there, he was my host and he showed me around and what it was like to be a football player for Washington State.

"(Wulff) offered me while I was up there and that made a big impression on me because it was my first one, but I didn't think about committing because I want to check out some other schools and make sure I'm making the right decision."

Those other schools include Boise State, Fresno State and San Jose State.

"I'm going to Boise State this coming weekend and they said they will probably end up offering me when I'm up there," Mackey said. "The other schools have told me they like me a lot but they are still evaluating me, so I might visit them or I might not, I don't know right now."

As a freshman at Bakersfield in 2006, Mackey used his excellent football instincts as well as his 4.6 speed to post 113 tackles from his outside linebacker position.

"This year they played me at both WIL (weakside) and MIK (middle)," Mackey said. "I feel comfortable playing both so it really doesn't matter where teams play me.

"I feel I can stop the run well, but I'm real good in coverage and I love to blitz so I think I'm pretty much an all-around linebacker."

This past season Mackey led the Renegades with over 100 tackles while posting seven sacks and three interceptions as well.

Mackey was a non-qualifier out of high school so he'll finish up his AA in May and he'll have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

We'll continue to track Mackey's progress over the next few weeks and update things as they change.

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