Recruiting on the South Plains | DE Leon Mackey

 

This is the guy.  The guy that can have one hand tied behind his back and still whip your rear (actually, I'm pretty sure that every signee could do this because I am not very strong).  Mackey could be a difference maker on the defensive side of the ball, bookend at a defensive end position and letting someone else fill in until DE Scott Smith returns (fingers crossed).  And Mackey is the type of player that you see on other teams and you say to yourself, "Wow.  That guy looks like a helluva athlete."  Love it and need more.

The Measurables:

Leon Mackey
Position: DT
DTN Profile
Video: Clip 1 | Clip 2
Rivals Profile 5.8
Scout Profile
ESPN Profile N/A
Ht: 6'5"
Wt: 260 lbs
Forty: 4.60
JUCO: Hinds C.C. (Raymond, MS)

So much more good strong after the jump.

The Player Speaks:  Again, another profile and I can't find a news story or any quotes from Mackey.  Sigh.

Video:  The first video appears to be some sort of advertisement for some sort of program that Mackey was with prior to Hargrave.  I'm not sure what to think about it, but I'm posting it because I don't know much about Mackey.

 

 

 

Scouting Report:  Those 30 seconds on the second video goes by way too fast (there's an obvious joke here, but you're all better than that).  Since I haven't see much video I'm guessing that the reason that Mackey was so highly sought-after is because he's good.  Real good.  Scout has this bit on Mackey:

A versatile defensive lineman, Mackey is quick enough to line up at end in Hinds' 4-3 defense in pass rushing situations, and strong enough to line up at tackle during other circumstances. A likely destination will be a strong side end. He's not quite big enough to be a full time defensive tackle, but his size and strength are ideal for an end to hold his ground, and he's quick enough to still be an effective pass rusher - Scott Kennedy

I'd agree with the assessment that Mackey may not be big enough to play tackle, but he's got the right size to play defensive end all day long.

Leon, welcome to Texas Tech and Git Your Guns Up!

The 2011 Class: 

Position Commitment Ht/Wt School/State Rivals Rivals Rating Scout ESPN ESPN Grade
QB Michael Brewer 6-0/175 Lake Travis (Austin, TX) 3 5.7 3 3 78
RB Kenny Williams 5-10/210 Hendrickson (Pflugerville, TX) 4 5.8 4 4 80
RB Bradley Marquez 5-11/180 Odessa (Odessa, TX) 3 5.7 4 4 79
WR Derek Edwards 6-1/163 Brenham (Brenham, TX) 4 5.8 3 3 79
WR Marcus Kennard 6-4/205 Butler County C.C. (El Dorado, KS) 4 5.8 2 0 0
WR Jakeem Grant 5-7/157 Horn (Mesquite, TX) 3 5.5 3 3 75
TE Jace Amaro 6-5/237 MacArthur (San Antonio, TX) 4 5.9 4 3 78
OL Tony Morales 6-4/300 Sam Houston (Arlington, TX) 4 5.8 3 3 78
OL Alfredo Morales 6-3/287 Sam Houston (Arlington, TX) 3 5.7 3 3 76
OL Le'Raven Clark 6-6/245 Rockdale (Rockdale, TX) 3 5.7 4 3 79
OL Matt Wilson 6-7/270 Coldspring-Oakhurst (Coldspring, TX) 3 5.5 3 0 45
DL Dennell Wesley 6-3/315 Butler County C.C. (El Dorado, KS) 3 5.5 2 0 0
DL Leon Mackey 6-5/260 Hinds C.C. (Raymond, MS) 4 5.8 3 0 0
DL Donte Phillips 6-3/260 Homestead (Mequon, WI) 2 5.4 3 2 74
DE Kindred Evans 6-6/215 South Grand Prairie (Grand Prairie, TX) 3 5.6 3 3 75
DE Branden Jackson 6-4/220 McKeesport (McKeesport, PA) 3 5.7 4 3 78
DE Desimon Green 6-5/230 Clairton (Clairton, PA) 3 5.5 3 3 78
DE Cooper Washington 6-4/225 Muleshoe (Muleshoe, TX) 3 5.7 3 3 78
LB Blake Dees 6-0/234 Spanish Fort (Spanish Fort, AL) 3 5.5 3 2 73
LB Sam Eguavoen 6-2/220 Lakeview Centennial (Garland, TX) 3 5.6 2 3 75
LB Justin Cooper 6-1/205 University School of Nova South (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) 3 5.5 2 2 74
CB Jeremy Reynolds 5-9/166 Oak Ridge Military Academy (Oak Ridge, NC) 3 5.5 2 3 77
ATH Ronnie Daniels 6-1/195 La Cueva (Albuquerque, NM) 3 5.6 3 3 76
ATH LaDarrin Robertson 6-3/215 Longview (Longview, TX) 3 5.5 3 3 77
ATH DeAndre Washington 5-9/183 Marshall (Missouri City, TX) 3 5.7 4 3 78
ATH J.J. Gaines 5-11/175 Irving Nimitz (Irving, TX) 3 5.6 3 3 77
ATH Otis Wright 6-0/180 Dillard (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) 2 5.4 0 0 45
Averages 3.14 5.62 2.92 2.40 66.00
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