Name: Dedrick Mackey
Position: Defensive Back
Ranking: 3* by Rivals
His last name fits so perfect already. A match made in heaven. Mackey is coming to West Lafayette from beautiful Miami. I wonder if he took a visit here when it has been freezing cold.
The 5’11” Corner is from Booker T Washington High School right out of the U’s territory. But, they never offered, weird. Similar to how we never offered Coy Cronk. Hopefully he can make an impact for us like Coy Cronk did for that team down south.
Mackey has a plethora of other offers. Wisconsin, UCF, USF, Iowa State, Cincinnati & Arkanas. Those offers alone show he is a good talent to bring around. With the JuCo guys and what we have returning, I am not sure if he will play from day 1, but I would love to see it happen.
Personally, he looks like a solid nickel corner for the future. He doesn’t have blazing speed with his HUDL page saying he is at a 4.7 forty yard dash & his vertical is only at 31”. In the nickel he could cover tight ends, as well as receivers that are more his speed. Of course, a 40 time can get reduced to a 4.5 with a great strength staff as well as an improved vertical. If he bulks up a bit he could even slide over to safety.
Welcome to Purdue, bring your coat!