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Wisconsin kicker John Mack decides to commit to Minnesota as a preferred walk-on

Wisconsin kicker John Mack decided to commit to Minnesota as a preferred walk-on this evening following his Gophers official visit and he spoke with GopherDigest about his official visit.

"I got to Minnesota Friday afternoon and we started off by getting a tour of the stadium," Wisconsin kicker John Mack said to GopherDigest. "We then moved over to the locker, so that was awesome to see as well. I got to take pictures in a Minnesota jersey, which was cool. We then went to JD Hoyt's for dinner and after that, I got to hang out with my host in Emmit Carpenter and the rest of the specialists. Emmit is a nice guy and he showed me a lot of campus and answered all of my questions. His message to me was that it's a fun lifestyle to be a specialist at Minnesota with being able to have a lot more free time during practice than the position players. He also talked about being apart of a premier group of specialists in the Big Ten, and also the country. Sounds like a great opportunity to me."

Mack also enjoyed seeing the facilities and talking with Minnesota's new special teams coach. 

"The facilities were nice, but I'm looking forward to the new indoor complex and weight room they're currently building," Mack told GopherDigest. "I was also able to meet the new Special Teams coordinator in coach Adam Hippe. He broke down the depth chart and we discussed potential opportunities that could be available in the next year or two regarding kickoffs or PAT/Field goal. I really like Coach Hippe and I had a great time meeting with him and discussing football, but I also enjoyed talking with him on Saturday night at Fogo de Chao.  When talking about the depth chart, Coach Hippe discussed how right now there are no locks within the specialists. He mentioned they'll be determined in fall camp and he mentioned Ryan (Santoso)'s ability to do all three (kickoffs, field goals and punting), but he doesn't want Ryan to over kick and wear out his leg. With that being said, Hippe explained how I may have a chance at competing for a kickoff spot in order to take the load off Ryan. I'm up for the challenge and am ready to compete for the job with some great guys."

The Wisconsin kicker decided to commit to Minnesota tonight in large part to his visit this past weekend. 

"I officially committed to the University of Minnesota tonight as I loved my official visit," Mack explained. "I felt at home with the coaches and players and I can't wait to be apart of the family. I called Coach Claeys and Schaekel to commit and Claeys was excited that I'll be apart of the family and they're right that I made the right choice. It's a great feeling to know I'm confident in my decision and that I'll be attending the University of Minnesota as a student-athlete next year!"

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