Meet David Mackall
This is part of a series of 2009 Maryland football commitment Q&As leading up to Signing Day on Feb. 4. All answers are provided by the featured player. Click here for previous entries in the series.
Name: David Mackall
Birthdate: March 20, 1991
Nicknames: “My family calls me Mookie.”
High School: Edmondson-Westside High School
Senior statistics: 91 tackles, six sacks, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
Rankings: Rivals.com -- Four stars, No. 15 strongside defensive end, No. 9 player in Maryland. Scout.com -- Three stars, No. 83 defensive end.
Bench max: 335
40-yard dash: 4.7
Other schools considered: Clemson, Syracuse
Favorite NFL player: Julius Peppers
Favorite NFL team: Baltimore Ravens
Favorite all-time Terp: Shawne Merriman
Favorite music: Gucci Mane, Lil Wayne, Young Jeezy, Kanye West
Favorite book: The Crucible by Arthur Miller
Favorite movie: Remember the Titans
Favorite TV show: The Fresh Prince of Bel Air
Favorite food: Fried chicken
Favorite high school class: World history
Favorite thing about College Park: “My favorite thing about College Park is the chemistry that the team has. When I went up there for my official visit, everybody stuck together and interacted with each other like they were family. You wouldn’t have people sitting apart; everyone was together. And I noticed that was different than a lot of other schools.”
Other high school sports: Basketball for two years, lacrosse for three years.
Hobbies: “I like to draw, I like to ride dirt bikes and play video games.”
Intended major: Business management, sports management and finance
Something that not many people know about you: “A lot of people think I’m just a mean person, like I ain’t got no type of heart or I’m not outgoing. But when a lot of people meet me, they see I’m a funny guy. The only time I’m serious is when I get out on the football field.”
Best football moment: “I was in [a rec football league], playing for a team called the Hamilton Tigers. We were undefeated and it was a game that we had to win to go to the championship. When I was at rec, I played tight end, running back; I played it all. So we spread it out and coach told me to go long and I caught the winning touchdown to get to the championship. We went 13-0 and we won the championship. That was my favorite moment.”
Role model: “My mother because she’s a strong lady and she showed me since I was younger that through hard times, things are going to get better if you keep working hard and wait it out. She’s been out there for me ever since I was born.”
Why Maryland? “Maryland was the best fit for me because ... it’s near home and I’m a home person. I don’t want to be that far from my family. On another level, there’s a coach up there by the name of Jemal Griffin (Maryland’s Director of Football Operations). He was my high school coach [at Woodlawn]. Me and him had a great connection and I feel he’s going to look out for me. The Leo position that they’re recruiting me for, I feel that’s the best position because I’m the type of player that can stand up and rush the passer and do all that type of stuff.”