Mackey Opens Up Recruitment

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When the news came out that defensive end Leon Mackey would not be able to enroll at Virginia Tech until January of 2009, it was no surprise to see the talented prospect surface again at Hargrave Military Academy, the place where he attended his senior year of high school. The 6-5 1/2, 245-pound Mackey did have a surprise upon arriving at Hargrave, though.

“Tech is still at my top, but I just opened up my options to other schools. But I still love Virginia Tech the same as I did before,” Mackey said. “I’ll just see what happens.”

Asked is there was anything in particular Virginia Tech did to turn him off, Mackey replied, “Not really. I just wanted to kind of rethink things while I’m here at Hargrave. I still love Coach Beamer, Coach Stinespring, Coach Wiles, Bud Foster and all them. I just wanted to open it up and see how things go.”

One of Tech’s top recruits in the 2008 class, Mackey expected to be in Blacksburg after attending summer school. His plans did not come to fruition, however.

“When I talked to you [in mid June], everything was going good. But I just had some mishaps with class and test scores,” said Mackey. “I just had to clear some things academically as far as what classes I needed to take to get to Virginia Tech. Everything will be straight.”

According to Mackey, classes are no longer the main concern but he does have to improve his SAT by “two or three points and I’ll be done. I just need to improve on the SAT.”

Mackey, who has yet to inform the Tech staff of his decision to re-open his recruitment, didn’t indicate if there were specific schools he would look at in addition to Virginia Tech. He made official visits to Florida State, North Carolina, N.C. State and Virginia Tech last year.

“I’m going to just pray about it and see what happens,” Mackey said. I just appreciate Coach Prunty helping me out a lot, giving me the opportunity to come back. I called him and I was kind of down about [not being able to get to Virginia Tech] and he told me to stay focused and keep my head up.”

When he does make a final decision