2016 Fort Wayne (Ind.) Bishop Luers four-star wide receiver Austin Mack is a highly coveted student-athlete.
Already standing 6-foot-2, 205-pounds, Mack fits the profile of the tall vertical threat on the outside offensive coordinators love to utilize to stretch the field at the college level.
Currently holding offers from Indiana and Cincinnati, Mack has made the rounds this off-season, already visiting Notre Dame, Michigan State, the Hoosiers, and Toledo since his football season ended in November.
“This winter’s gone pretty well,” Mack said. “I’ve already picked up another offer and it’s been pretty successful against some good competition.
“I think ever since last year since people have seen me live they’ve seen my skills and it’s grown dramatically, especially mentally just being a smarter receiver and being a lot stronger and faster.”
Saturday, it was Michigan’s chance to play host and the visit with the Wolverines didn’t disappoint.
“Well first off I mean, it was a lot better than what I expected,” Mack said. “Unfortunately Coach Hoke wasn’t there cause their spring break had just started the day prior but I still got to talk a lot with my recruiting coach, Coach Mallory, and he’s a great guy, absolutely great guy and his family is wonderful. I got to spend the day with them even when we went to the basketball game. And then I got to talk to the receivers’ coach.
“Michigan is a great place. I got to know a lot and they’re 18th on the planet in academics and they have a really high football team so that’s a great school with the combination of both. It was just a really good time.”
Asked what he remembers most about the visit Mack quickly uttered a phrase often thrown out in meeting rooms at Schembechler Hall, something preached by the coaching staff on Saturday as well.
“Probably 42 Big Ten championships,” Mack said. “That’s what they said a lot and it’s the most ever for any conference team.”
Tradition resonated well with Mack, quick to point out Michigan’s legends program and the way the Wolverines divvy out the numbers of former greats.
“If you’re a good football player and a good person off the field like Devin Gardner you get honored with that number,” Mack said. “And their lockers are changed to a different color like this dark maple oak.
“Just having that honor, I think that tradition is pretty sweet. My main focus on the visit was really just to get to know the coaches and then my position as a recruit.”
Mack now plans to keep in regular contact with Michigan, continuing to build on his developing relationship with the Wolverines.
Though an offer hasn’t been extended to the four-star wide out just yet, Mack says he’ll have the opportunity to earn a scholarship with a standout performance at Michigan’s football camp in June.
“I’m really interested in them,” he said. “I mean not even going to a football game I was pretty impressed.
“I talked to Coach Mallory and they definitely know an offer is going to be coming up soon it’s just Coach Hoke wasn’t there. And they want me to come to the one-day camp and as long as it goes good the offer should come.
“And I think, it’ll be definitely a good suit for me but I want to take my time and not say anything that would automatically say Michigan is the place. I’m only a sophomore and as a sophomore Michigan is definitely that place but we’ll see; we’ll see how it goes.”
Mack said he plans to return to East Lansing to visit Michigan State again this spring.