Terps in Excellent Shape with Athlete Supreme

Connecticut all-state selection Torrey Mack is part of a two-headed rushing attack that combined for more than 3,000 yards and 39 touchdowns last season. How does the Terps coaching staff react to the rushing production from Stratford High? By recruiting both players, of course.

Mack, who plays both running back and defensive back, rushed for nearly 1,700 yards and 21 touchdowns last year. His counterpart and best friend Octavious McKoy helped out with nearly 1,400 yards and 18 touchdowns of his own.

At 6-feet and 195 pounds, Mack actually earned all-state honors as a defensive back. Mack, who runs a 4.5 40-yard dash, is being recruited on both sides of the ball by teams like Rutgers, Penn State, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Michigan, Iowa, UConn and Maryland, all of whom have offered the talented athlete a scholarship.

McKoy's only offer at this point is with Iowa, likely because of his academic situation.

Mack said that Rutgers, UMass and Penn State have all come into the recruiting picture recently. His top four schools at this point are "Virginia, Iowa, Maryland and UConn."

As for the summer, Mack does not have plans to go to camps yet. "I'll be working out with the team and training with them," he said.

"I'm supposed to go to Michigan and Iowa [this summer]," he added. He has already toured Maryland's campus. "I thought Maryland was nice. I liked it. I liked Virginia a lot, I really liked their environment," he said.

High on the Terps, Mack added, "I think I could fit in at Maryland. It's in my top two or three."

In the off-season, Mack plans to work on "trying to improve on defense and be more physical. On offense, I just want to try to go hard every play."

Luckily for the Terps, the rising senior has "always been a Maryland fan. We talk a lot through text messages."

Mack stressed the most important factors regarding his recruitment.

"I ask myself, ‘Would I want to go to that school if I'm trying to play football?'" He added, "I could see myself playing for both [Maryland and Virginia]."

He is also looking to maximize his playing time.

Though he is being recruited as an athlete by many schools, Maryland included, Mack said he enjoys playing defense better. He and McKoy talk about the possibility of playing college football together, though "not at Maryland," Mack explained.

"[We] both have scholarship offers to Iowa." Mack and McKoy have received interest from many of the same schools, but McKoy, unlike Mack, does not hold a Terp offer.

Mack has not set a firm date to make a decision, though he said, "I was trying to make it before the season."

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