Kansas State had four key contributors from the Peach State this season. Unfortunately, Meshak Williams, Justin Tuggle, Angelo Pease, and Adam Davis have all exhausted their eligibility. The staff is bringing in Jacarthy Mack, a 6-foot-3, 200-pound outside linebacker from Martin Luther King Jr. High School in Lithonia, Ga. for an official visit this month. KStateFans.com spoke with Mack on his interest in the Wildcat program.
"I'm taking an official visit [to Kansas State] on January 18th," said Jacarthy Mack. "It's the only one I have set up right now. The coaches are all cool. I talk to them all the time. I like the defense, a 4-3. I can really see myself fitting in well there. I've heard a lot of great things about Coach Cox. He did a good job with Arthur Brown helping him become one of the top linebackers in the country. I'm looking forward to talking more with him on my visit, but I think he'd be a good linebacker coach from what I already know."
"It's just about finding the right college where I feel at home and can see myself being happy at for the next four years," Mack explained. "I want to play for coaches who are honest with me, and somewhere I'd have a chance to play early. Kansas State are losing some linebackers so there may be an opportunity there for me to come in and compete for playing time. I'll probably wait on my final decision until signing day, but if I feel like I know, I won't hesitate to make a commitment."
This was Mack second season as a starter for the M.L. King Lions. He played at Southwest DeKalb, also in the Atlanta area, as a sophomore.
"We were undefeated during the regular season," said Mack, "but lost in the second round of the playoffs. I had 13 sacks and 20 tackles for loss in 12 games. Mostly, I played outside linebacker but I moved into the box and would lineup at defensive end on occasion. The areas I improved the most were with my hands, using them to get off blocks, and with reading the offense."
As a senior, Mack was named first team All-Region (Georgia 6-AAAAA). Last year, he earned the same honor at defensive end. A solid student, Mack reports a 2.9 GPA and a 1360 on the SAT.