SEFFNER – Karmi Mackey had an explosive junior season but since then it’s been tough sledding in terms of health.

The Seffner Christian running back/linebacker was cleared by the doctors to practice fully after tearing his ACL, LCL, lateral meniscus and hamstring in his right knee in the long jump last February during track season. Mackey underwent surgery on March 3.

“I have a chance coming back for the season toward the mid part,” Mackey told Prep Sports Scouting. “I plan to try to make it back it for the fourth game of the season; that’s my goal right now. Right now I’m in the process of training and gaining all my leg strength back.”

The 6’1″, 205-pounder put up ridiculous numbers in just eight games as a junior. Mackey had 148 carries, 1,953 yards and 20 rushing yards along with 14 catches, 180 yards, two touchdowns. He also recorded 46 tackles and 3.5 sacks on defense.

“I had goals for myself and even jotted down notes,” he said. “My goals were to get 2,000 yards and 20 or more touchdowns and be one of the best players in the Bay area.”

In a limited season upcoming, Mackey is aiming to reach at least get 1,000 yards and 15 touchdowns. In the first four games last year he had over 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Currently, he is 310 rushing yards away from 3,000 and 598 total yards away from 4,000 for his career. Prior to last season, he totaled 1,269 yards from scrimmage and 17 touchdowns as a starter.

Mackey sat out two games last season due to a lip injury in a golf ball incident away from the gridiron.

“It tore my lip and knocked out my two front teeth,” he said. “I was at a driving range and my cousin hit and a ball and it ricocheted off an awning and it struck me.”

He hasn’t golfed since and it is now one of his biggest fears. I certainly don’t blame him.

The Crusaders went 6-4 last season missing out on the postseason in their sixth season of existence.

“I wasn’t satisfied with our record but I was looking a little better,” he said. “We are trying to be district champs and to make the playoffs.”

Seffner Christian has never made the postseason and Mackey says it would mean everything to do that and leave a legacy behind for the class of 2017.

Head coach Steve Lewis has been there from the first season (2010) as he’s posted a 33-26 record over last six years. The Crusaders have had winning records with Mackey in the backfield.

“He’s [Lewis] a loving coach,” Mackey said. “He always has been that man and tries to motivate us. He doesn’t believe in yelling instead he tries to understand his players.”

Mackey started his football life rather late at age 11 lining up as a running back, fullback and slot wide receiver. He broke a school record with 400 total yards from scrimmage last season against Bradenton Christian.

As for his biggest strengths, he pointed to his vision, power and catching ability. He’s looking to improve his speed and elusiveness moving forward.

Currently Mackey holds two offers from Eastern Michigan, Florida A&M. He says USF, FAU, FIU and Michigan State have shown strong interest.

His biggest role models are his parents.

“They always motivate me to do my best,” he said. “My mom tells me to stay on top of the books. I thank God for them being there for me.

Mackey’s ultimate goal is to make it to the NFL. He wants to graduate from college and earn his degree in civil engineering while minoring in sports medicine.

Even with a devastating injury Mackey has his head on straight and is focused on the task ahead whether he plays very little this season.

Karmi Mackey is a determined young kid. He is packed with energy on and off the field and has a bright future once he works his way back to full strength.

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Quick Hitters

Favorite players to watch – Vikings RB Adrian Peterson, former Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch, Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott, Titans RB Derrick Henry
Playlist before games – Old school hip-hop
Favorite movie – The Transformers series
Favorite TV show – Spongebob Squarepants
Fun fact about you that you think no one knows – “I do a lot of drawing. Before football started that was my first talent. It calms me and I’m really good at it.”
Nickname(s) from teammates or friends – “Mackey Express”

Game film: Mackey’s Hudl tape

Photo credit: Tampa Bay Times

Jake Perper is the scout for Prep Sports Scouting. Make sure to follow along for all the updates on Twitter: @JakePerper.

If you have any questions or comments feel free to write below or email Jake at jake.perper@hotmail.com.

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