Mackey Updates Academic Status

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One of Virginia Tech’s biggest recruits – literally and figuratively – in the 2008 class has yet to gain admission to Virginia Tech, but he is working hard to do so and recently picked up some good news on the academic front. Former Hargrave Military Academy defensive end Leon Mackey provided the latest on his academic situation, which seems to have gotten brighter recently.

Mackey is taking three summer school courses in order to get to Virginia Tech. He has finished one already and recently received the grade for that course.

“In English, I got an A,” Mackey reported. “That is replacing one English I had from earlier. I’m taking World Civics and Biology now. If I finish with at least a B in each class, I’m good.

“I’d say it is a good guarantee that I’ll be at Virginia Tech. Summer school ends July 22nd. If I do what I need to do, I could be at Virginia Tech on July 24th. I talked to Coach Wiles [on Tuesday] and he wants to get me in there to learn as much as I can.”

Certainly, academics and getting admitted to Virginia Tech have been Mackey’s primary concerns, but he has also been working on his athleticism and physique in preparation for football season.

“I’ve been working out, losing weight and getting in better shape,” said Mackey, who has improved his max bench press to 375 pounds this summer. “When I last measured in, I was 6-5 1/2, 245 pounds. I want to go in to Virginia Tech athletic and in strong shape. I’ve been working out at the place my uncle and my brother run…it is a football camp called Stay Real. I lift on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. I run on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Each day, my mindset is to get better.”

If Mackey gets admitted to Tech, he is very much looking forward to his freshman season.

“I expect myself to go hard,” Mackey when asked what he expectations he would have for himself out of his freshman season at Virginia Tech. “I told the coaches I’m not looking for anything to be given to me. I want to go in and compete and do the best I can do. To be honest,