The Maryland staff targeted Norview (Norfolk, Va.) junior dual-threat D.J. Mack before Signing Day 2016 even concluded. In fact, the Terps extended an offer to the 6-foot-2, 220-pounder on Feb. 3, letting the budding quarterback know he was a priority for them.
“I was really excited when I got the Maryland offer … and I plan to get up there soon,” Mack told us back on Feb. 4. “I want to learn more about them and meet the coaches. It’s a school I’m very interested in.”
More than a month later, Mack remains intrigued by the Terps, but he’s yet to visit College Park, Md. Moreover, a few other programs now have his attention as well, including West Virginia, which just offered during Mack’s campus visit March 13.
“As of now, [WVU] is my biggest offer,” said Mack, who also holds verbals from UMD, Va Tech and UVA. “Seeing the facilities, watching the practice and meeting the coaches, I loved it there. They run a great offense that I think I’d fit well into. I liked it there a lot, and I’m planning to get back for their spring game in April.”
Mack stopped short of calling the Mountaineers a leader, however. He said he still has more schools to see before narrowing his favorites list and naming top contenders.
“I’ve been to Tech and UNC before, but I’m getting back to both. And I’ve still got to get to NC State, Wake Forest, Maryland and UVA,” Mack said. “I definitely liked Tech every time I’ve been there. But the old staff offered me as an athlete, so I have to go to their camp, and after that the new staff should offer me as a quarterback. That would be big for me, to get [a Va Tech] offer as a quarterback.
“And UNC, they haven’t offered, but that’s an offer I’ve been working towards. The coaching staff is very down to earth, and they’re very cool. I feel like I can talk to their coaches about anything. I was there before, and I loved the atmosphere and facilities there. The campus was pretty exceptional too.
“And I want to get to [NC State, Wake, UVA and UMD] because they have great coaching staffs and seem like guys willing to work.”
Mack said he’ll be at Wake Forest April 2, but beyond that he has no other visit dates set in stone. But he did allow that he’d be hitting Chapel Hill, N.C., Raleigh, N.C., and WVU during April as well. Mack also said he’s trying to see Maryland and UVA sometime this spring, but isn’t sure exactly when he’ll be trekking through College Park or Charlottesville, Va.
“Maryland is still a school that’s up there for me,” Mack said. “From what I’ve seen looking them up, they’re a solid program that’s on the rise with the new staff. They look like they’re building depth and bringing in some good recruits. I love the Under Armour gear and the uniforms too (laughs).
“But they have that high-powered offense now with Coach Bell there, and they like to spread the ball around. That fits my style; I run a spread now in high school.”
The Norview product went on to say he’s in touch with his UMD recruiter, Chris Beatty, at least once a week.
“Coach Beatty is a great guy and I like how easy he is to talk to. He’s from this area too, so he can relate to me,” Mack said. “He’s just been telling me he can’t wait to meet me in person and get me up there on campus. And I told him I’ll definitely be getting up there.”
After visiting each of the aforementioned schools, Mack plans to form a leaderboard by late spring/early summer. He’s unsure exactly when he wants to commit, however.
“Mainly I’m looking for a high-powered offense, preferably a spread,” said Mack, who hinted North Carolina could be the frontrunner should the Heels’ staff ante up. “Then just a good relationship with the coaches and coaches who can develop me.”