Memphis OT Mack names leader

Ryan Mack, a monster 6-foot-6, 310-pound offensive tackle from Memphis (TN) Wooddale, made his presence felt at Louisville's football camp this week. The promising offensive lineman impressed Louisville coaches enough to earn a scholarship offer. Did Louisville's offer vault the Cardinals to the top of Mack's list?

Ryan Mack is a quarterback's best friend.

A 6-foot-6, 310-pound offensive tackle from Memphis, TN, Mack has been compared to Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman Michael Oher, another former Memphis high school standout who was the subject of the hit movie "Blind Side."

Blessed with a massive frame and good footwork, Mack impressed the Louisville coaching staff enough this week while taking part in the Cardinals football camp to earn a scholarship offer from Charlie Strong – an offer that has vaulted UofL into the lead for Mack's future services.

"They're my first choice right now," Mack told InsideTheVille.com. "It's a good environment up there and I love the people and players there. The visit was good, all the coaches were nice. I liked the strength and conditioning coach and I think he can help get my body right. And the players were real cool, good people to hang around."

While participating in Louisville's camp, Mack impressed offensive line coach Dave Borbely, who compared him to one of his former players now with the Kansas City Chiefs.

"He is a great offensive line coach, someone I can get better working with and try to get to the NFL," Mack said. "We talked for 20-30 minutes [after camp] and he compared me to one of his former players who plays in the NFL for the Chiefs. He said I have good footwork and if I get that better I'm on my way."

Louisville envisions Mack as a tackle at the college level. He has solid measurables with a 325 bench press and sub-5.0 20-yard shuttle time. He does need to improve his 5.6 forty speed, though.

"I have the length to cover the outside against the faster defensive ends," Mack said.

Besides Louisville, Mack also attended camps at Ole Miss and Alabama this summer. He plans to attend Tennessee's camp in July. Mack, who currently has offers from Kentucky, Louisville, Memphis, Southern Miss, UT-Martin and Arkansas State, isn't planning to make his decision this summer.

"I'm also interested in Memphis," Mack said. "I'm willing to go out of state but you never know. I'm going to decide during the season after I take some visits."

Mack mentioned Kentucky as one of his possible official visit destinations.


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