The National Junior College Athletic Association Defensive Player of the Year … Rated as a four-star prospect by Scout and as a three-star by ESPN, Rivals and 247Sports … Rivals ranks him as the No. 23 JUCO prospect in the country and 247Sports lists him as the No. 4 JUCO inside linebacker in the class.
Attended Arizona Western College, where he was coached by Tom Minnick … Named the National Junior College Athletic Association Defensive Player of the Year as a sophomore in 2016 … Also earned Western States Football League co-defensive player of the year and first-team all-conference honors after leading the Matadors to an 11-1 record in 2016 and an appearance in the national championship game … Was the leading tackler for a defensive unit that ranked among the top five teams nationally in both rushing defense and passing defense and surrendered an average of only 8.0 points per game during the regular season … Bagged 122 tackles, 27.5 tackles for loss, nine sacks and nine forced fumbles as a sophomore … His 122 tackles ranked fourth in the nation and his 27.5 tackles for loss and nine fumbles forced both led the nation … Also credited with two fumble recoveries, an interception and seven pass break-ups his sophomore year … Recorded 82 tackles and four sacks as a freshman in 2015 … Chose Oklahoma State over reported offers from Arizona, San Diego State and Utah State.
Attended Millington Central HS in Millington, Tennessee, where he was coached by Chris Michael … Earned all-state honors from the Tennessee Sports Writers Association and was all-district and a Liberty Bowl High School All-Star his senior year.
Patrick Macon, Jr. was born Nov. 8, 1996, in Memphis, Tennessee … He is the son of Tanya and Patrick Macon.
"The first thing we noticed when we were looking at him in the summertime was how physical he was and how strong he was. It was evident he was the most tenacious player on the field. He could blitz. He had tremendous effort on plays on the perimeter. We started to get to know him better and found out he's a quality young man and that education was important to him. His grades were good. Being a mid-year kid, he fit an immediate need, especially when we found out that we weren't going to have Josh Mabin anymore. I've had a lot of Mike linebackers and he looks on film that he's going to be as good or better than any of those, going back to Orie Lemon to Booker, to Lavey, Simmons, Whitener. We've had a string of some good players there. With Pat coming in it gives us more guys to compete at that position."
-- Defensive Coordinator Glenn Spencer