4-Star OL High On AU After Big Cat Weekend

Big-time offensive line prospect Eric Mack talks recruiting and gives his thoughts on the Auburn Tigers.

Saint Matthews, S.C.--One of the top offensive linemen in the country, Calhoun County High's Eric Mack was on hand for Big Cat Weekend on the Auburn campus and says the Tigers are now number one for him as he heads into the summer to begin preparing for his senior season.

Auburn's position was helped when Mack came in for an unofficial visit and was joined by some of the country's top players including fellow South Carolina native Marcus Lattimore, running back Lache Seastrunk, and wide receiver Trovon Reed just to name a few. Mack says having the opportunity to come in and have a weekend with the best was special for him.

"It means a lot," Mack says. "I get to be around some of the best, some of them I might play with and some I might play against. It's just having the chance to be around the best recruits in America.

"The weekend was about getting us together," he adds. "It's showing us how it would be if we get to play together."

Several of the visitors from the weekend talked about how much time the players spent thinking about what could be if they all decided to choose Auburn and play together. Mack says it's something he thought about as well.

"It's very interesting," Mack says. "Like they've said, if all of us play at Auburn together we would probably be unstoppable for three years or four years or however long each of us stay. We could turn the program around."

At 6-5, 318, Mack is rated the number two offensive guard in the country, according to Scout.com, and has more than a dozen offers at the moment so he's not hurting for choices, but he notes that Auburn's coaching staff is what really has him sold on the Tigers at the moment.

Something else that is helping Auburn's case is a lack of offensive linemen. Looking for players who could step in and challenge for playing time immediately in the future, Mack says that is something very appealing to him and will play a role in his decision down the road.

"That's a big part in recruiting," Mack says. "If I can come in and play early that's even better. I'm starting to like the school even more. The more I go down there the more I like about it. If I can come in and play early that's a big plus."

Commenting on his visit to Auburn he took with his mother and several of his high school coaches, he says, "It was exciting. I learned a lot about Auburn. I loved the Toomer's Corner thing. The fans, they are crazy. It is something I could get used to."

Mack says he will be back in Auburn in September. "I am coming to see the West Virginia game. This summer I am going to go to a bunch of camps."

Mack, who arrived on Auburn on Sunday evening, stayed through until Sunday afternoon and finished up with a visit with AU head coach Gene Chizik and notes it went well. "Coach Chizik wants me to play tackle," he says.

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