Mack eyeing CWU & Western Oregon

HERITAGE (VANCOUVER, WA) HIGH SCHOOL STANDOUT wide receiver E'LON "BATMAN" MACK (6-foot-1, 185-pounds) wrapped up a tremendous three year career as a starter for the Timberwolves, setting school records for career yards (1,889) and touchdowns (19). Now he is focusing on taking his game to the next level and has a trip to Central Washington on the books later this month.

Heritage (Vancouvar, WA) High School standout athlete E'Lon Mack had early recruiting interest from several programs, including Idaho and Montana State. But both programs have reportedly filled their spots, and several other programs are talking to Mack about walking on. But on the immediate horizon he has an official trip planned to Central Washington coming up soon, and may also squeeze in a trip to Western Oregon.

"I have a visit next Saturday at Central [CWU] and that's good. Western Oregon also wants me to come out for a visit, and I'm looking at scheduling that too." The Wildcats of CWU are coming off a 7-4 season and have won seven conference championships in a 10 year span.

Although Mack's Heritage team struggled to a 2-7 overall record in Washington's tough Class 4A GSHL (the same league that sent its champion, Camas, to the Washington State Championship game this year) and didn't meet all of their goals for the 2013 season, they did hit some key marks that the Heritage program can build on in the future. "We won our first Homecoming game in eight years," Mack told of the 40-0 drubbing of Decatur. "That Homecoming win was also a shutout, which was our first shutout in 11 years."

Individually Mack battled double coverage for most of his senior season (33 receptions, 501 yards and 4 TDs), but he still set career records for receiving yards (1,889) and touchdown (19) at Heritage. A career that started with him being named a team captain as a sophomore resulted in a three year run as one of the team's top athletes. As a junior Mack caught 33 passes for 731 yards and 7 touchdowns, while as a sophomore he caught 48 passes for 617 yards and 6 touchdowns. Productive by any measure.

His class had expectations to turn the struggling football program around by their senior year. But consistency issues ultimately bogged down that effort, despite having a team with some serious talent all around.

"The times when we were playing right, we were really good," Mack said when summarizing his senior season. "But we were very, very inconsistent."

The lessons gained this season will be something Mack can build on in the future, as he continues to take his game to the next level.

"The season didn't go the way we wanted it to go, there were some milestones that we left behind that you can't let go.

"But I love playing football."

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