All-American Lineman Chooses Chizik's Tigers

Eric Mack, one of the top high school football prospects in the Southeast, announced on Wednesday that he plans to sign with Auburn.

St. Matthews, S.C.--Less than 24 hours after de-committing from the University of South Carolina, four-star offensive lineman Eric Mack announced at his high school on Wednesday that he will sign with Auburn.

That is big news for Coach Gene Chizik and his coaching staff who have a major need to bolster their offensive line ranks with the Tigers expected to lose at least four senior starters at those positions following the 2010 season.

The Calhoun County High All-American improves what is already an impressive recruiting class for Chizik. The Tigers are currently ranked as having the fifth best overall recruiting class in the country by with two weeks to go to the Feb. 3rd nationally signing day.

"I like everything about Auburn," Mack says. "At Auburn they make you feel like you are at home."

Making his announcement during lunch at his school on Wednesday, Mack explained his switch of commitments from South Carolina to Auburn by saying he felt more comfortable with the AU program and felt like it is a better fit for him.

A visitor to Auburn last spring for the Tigers' "Big Cat Weekend," he took an official visit to Auburn in September to watch the Tigers defeat West Virginia.

Eric Mack is shown in action at the Under Armour All-American Game that was held Jan. 2nd at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Ranked as the No. 10 offensive guard prospect in the nation by, Mack can also play tackle. He says he narrowed his choices to Auburn and Florida this week prior to selecting the Tigers. He also considered offers from South Carolina, Clemson, North Carolina, Alabama, Florida State and others.

Mack says Auburn's coaching staff and players impresss him. "I like the family atmosphere there," he says.

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