While the University of Arkansas was going through its 125-play scrimmage, there was a very large young man standing on the sidelines with a lot of interest.
That was Pulaski Academy offensive lineman Parker Mack (6-5, 309), who has an offer from the Razorbacks and six other schools so far.
"I love the coaching staff here at Arkansas," Mack said. "They are doing a great job recruiting me, showing me all the ins and out about the school and their program and just giving me a great overall view."
He was impressed with what he saw in the scrimmage, which was held inside the Walker Pavilion.
"It is a lot more intense than high school, but that is to be expected," Mack said. "They run practice a lot like we run it, plays and individual work. It was great to get to see how they go about things and I was very impressed."
Arkansas joins Boston College, North Carolina, Wake Forest, Minnesota, Oregon and Vanderbilt as schools that have already put offers on the table.
Mack has now been to see Arkansas, Boston College and Vanderbilt with more trips planned and no current timetable for a decision to be made.
"School is definitely first with football a close second," Mack said about how he will make his decision. "I want it to be a real good situation for me in both instances."
Pulaski Academy is coming off a season in which it went 13-1, averaged 50 points a game and a nation's best 575 yards total offense and ending up winning the Class 5A state title.
The Bruins did so by downing West Helena 35-32 – a rematch of a game Pulaski Academy had lost 46-29 in the season's opening contest.
"That is the best way you can end any season," Mack said. "Give the seniors a great last game, finish great and have a great time during the game and after it."
Although the Bruins will lose several standouts to graduation – including UA wideout signee Neal Barlow and record-setting quarterback Spencer Keith, head coach Kevin Kelly will not expect anything but excellence.
"Coach Kelly won't let us be down," Mack said. "We are working a lot more on speed than strength because we know we are not going to be the biggest or the strongest this next season like we were last year. We are going to work on conditioning, speed and trying to outlast the other team."
Parker Mack provides protection for Pulaski Academy quarterback Spencer Keith
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