Mack commits to Texas
Tevin Mack, who originally committed and signed with Smart at VCU, has opted to follow him to Texas, he tells Scout. “I chose them because I signed to play for coach Smart in the beginning,” Mack said. “I wanted to stay with him and follow him and stick with the same plan. It feels like a great fit.” “I feel like it’s a better opportunity actually,” he added. “I think it’s a blessing from God. That was one of the my favorite programs from the beginning.” Mack, a standout at Columbia (S.C.) Dreher, asked out of his Letter of Intent shortly after Smart left for the Longhorns. He considered a number of schools the second time around, but ultimately picked Texas over Georgia. Mack’s relationship with Smart was among the deciding factors. “We’ve grown close over the past couple months since the recruiting thing ended,” Mack said about Smart. “He came to my school a lot during the season. We used to talk or text everyday. He would always send me an inspiring quote in the morning just so I would have something to start my day off right. He’s a great guy, a great leader and a great mentor to look up to and I think that’s a great coach to play for.” Mack, who ranks No. 65 overall and No. 11 at the small forward position, took an official visit to Texas on May 8th and 9th. Texas assistant Mike Morrell was the point man on Mack’s recruitment. “That’s my guy right there,” he said about Morrell. “He recruited me at VCU. He’s a great recruiter. He recruited me harder than anybody. He stayed on top of everything. He stayed on top of my grades and my life. He’s been the best to recruit me.” This commitment was key and gives the Longhorns three top 100 commitments in the 2015 recruiting class. Mack joins four-star guards Eric Davis and Kerwin Roach to make up the first recruiting class of the Smart era.