Quick Take with Leon Mackey

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Hargrave Military Academy held its annual Winter Workout – an event for its football players to show off their skills in front of college coaches – yesterday, but prior to the event TechSideline.com caught up with 6-5, 255-pound defensive end recruit Leon Mackey for the latest on his recruitment.

Mackey signed with the Hokies in February of 2008, but after failing to gain admission to Tech this summer he decided to head to Hargrave for a postgraduate semester (he had attended HMA for his senior year) and subsequently reopened his recruitment. The talented prospect plans to enroll somewhere in January of 2009 and Virginia Tech remains a possibility.

So far, Mackey has taken official visits to Arkansas and N.C. State and he had planned to go to Tech this coming weekend.

Quick take…

TSL: You indicated last week that you would make your official visit to Tech this coming weekend. With Tech headed to the ACC Championship game, will you try to reschedule?

Leon Mackey : “I’m trying to go next week [on the 13th], so we’ll see how that works out.”

TSL: Is there anything new with your recruitment?

Mackey: “Not as of right now.”

TSL: You look like you have improved your physique since last year. What is your current height and weight?

Mackey: “I lost a couple of pounds while I was at home. I lost a pound or two, so I’m about 255. Height-wise, I’m about 6-5 1/2 or 6-6.”

TSL: What is a typical workout like for you?

Mackey: “[Sunday] was a running day, so I did sprints through tires to work on getting off quicker and stuff like that. Then I did sprints and position work, working with my hands. I mainly did quickness work, just getting off the ball as fast as I can. That’s my main thing right now.”

TSL: Did you take any days off for the holiday last week?

Mackey: “Thanksgiving Day I took a day off. Other than that, I just lifted weights and did my running drills.”