Commitment Watch: Ryan Mack

Ryan Mack, the 6-foot-5 315 lb. offensive tackle from Wooddale High School in Memphis, has made a name for himself by pushing people around. And he plans to do the same for the University of Louisville next season. In fact, Mack sees himself making an impact sooner rather than later for the Cardinals.

"I see myself competing for a starting spot next season," Ryan Mack said. "I'll play tackle on either side. It doesn't matter to me."

For now, though, Mack is just focused on this season and helping his team get as far as they can for 2010.

"My goals are to make it to the state championship and make the all-region, all-district, and all-state teams," he said.

The early success of Wooddale could help Mack achieve these goals. The team was very successful last year, finishing 9-3, and they are already building on that success this season.

"This year we are 5-1, and we're looking pretty good," he said. "Our run blocking has been good."

Mack is confident in his run blocking, but admits that his pass blocking could use some fine-tuning.

"I want to improve my pass blocking and getting to the second level," said Mack. "I still want to improve my run blocking and my whole game in general, though."

Mack, who has been to the Louisville campus twice, once for camp and once when he committed, was impressed by many things that the Cardinal program had to offer.

"The visits went really well," he said. "They showed me around the whole campus, and I got to talk to the coaches a lot."

But it was the Cardinal facilities that really stood out to Mack.

"I was amazed by the facilities," he said. "The stadium is so much bigger than my high school, so it's something I'm not used to. I can't wait to play in front of all the fans."

Mack has already seen a game in the newly renovated Papa John's Cardinal Stadium, and plans to see another one.

"I'm going to the Memphis game, and I went to the Arkansas State game," he said. "The team looks so much better this season. The quarterback looks good, and the line is blocking really good."

Mack says the Quarterbacks Coach Mike Groh was influential when deciding to commit to Louisville. However, he said that his recruitment process is still open.

"I'm still solid to Louisville, but I'm still open," he said. "I still have a lot of options."

Those options include offers from Kentucky, Memphis, and Southern Miss. However, Mack said he might add one more to the list soon.

"I'm not sure if I have any more offers, maybe one from Tennessee, but I'm not sure," said the offensive lineman. "I like Tennessee. It is something I'd look closely at."

Once the season has ended, Mack plans to take more official visits.

"I'll take some visits in the off-season," he said. "Probably to Kentucky, Tennessee, and West Virginia. I'll probably go around mid-December or early January."

Other that the visits, Mack seems to have his off-season plans down to a couple of simple goals: "Work-out and get stronger."

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