Mack plans early arrival

Jacarthy Mack's first visit to Louisville last weekend reaffirmed his earlier decision to play for Charlie Strong's Cardinals. Mack spoke with about his plans to graduate early from high school and enroll at Louisville in January.

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Jacarthy Mack's first visit to Louisville last weekend reaffirmed his decision to play for Charlie Strong's Cardinals.

A 6-3, 210-pound linebacker from Lithonia, Ga., Mack verbally committed to Strong's program this spring without ever stepping foot on the Louisville campus. After making an unofficial visit over the weekend, Mack says he's sold on playing for the Cardinals.

"I think the campus is real nice," Mack said. "The thing that stood out was everything. The stadium looked nice and we've got an indoor field too. The campus was nice and the dorm rooms were the best I've seen except for Florida. I really enjoyed myself."

Mack spent considerable time on his visit discussing with Strong's staff how he'll fit in with the program, particularly with Brian Jean-Mary, his future position coach.

"We were talking about what position I would play when I got there," Mack said. "It was a good conversation for the most part. I was also talking to Coach BJ about the impact I could make coming in."

Mack, a three-star prospect who is rated the No. 74 defensive end nationally, said he plans to graduate from King H.S. in December and enroll at Louisville in January.

"I'll play SAM linebacker, which is a linebacker who also blitzes off the edge. I played defensive end my junior year so I'll be able to rush the passer and drop into coverage," Mack said.

Mack believes that role will be perfectly suited for his abilities.

"I watched some film and I believe I can play that position well and make plays," said Mack.

Mack also enjoyed meeting some of his future teammates during his visit, including sophomore stars Teddy Bridgewater and Eli Rogers and Keith Brown, a true freshman linebacker who also enrolled early at UofL.

"I met Keith Brown, who enrolled in January, and I talked to Bridgewater and Eli basically the whole time I was up there," Mack said. "I met a lot of guys just chilling at the pool. It definitely seems like a place I could spend a few years."

Though Mack said schools like Memphis, ECU and South Carolina are still actively recruiting him, he sounded certain he will be sticking with his commitment to UofL.

"I'm solid," Mack said.

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