Is Pack a Factor for Elite SC Lineman?

St. Matthews (SC) Calhoun County offensive guard Eric Mack is one of the nation's most highly rated at his position. How much of a factor is NC State in his recruitment? Pack Pride has the latest.

St. Matthews (SC) Calhoun County offensive guard Eric Mack is one of the most highly regarded linemen in the region, as well as the nation for that matter. The 6-5, 318-pound guard has all the tools to be a special player in the college ranks, wherever he ends up.

Mack has an offer list that the vast majority of prospects in the Class of 2010 would envy. Thus far he has received written offers from just about every school in the ACC and SEC, and while it's still early and things could change, it would seem to be a safe bet that he will end up playing his college ball at a school from one of those two conferences.

The in-state schools -- South Carolina and Clemson -- are sure to get a long, hard look from Mack, as they always do from the top prospects in the Palmetto State. Don't get the idea that he's ruling out other schools, though.

Mack took three visits recently over his spring break, making the most of his free time. He spoke with Pack Pride afterward and gave his thoughts on how everything went.

"I went to Auburn, Georgia Tech and Clemson," Mack said. "It was just over spring break. I mean, everything went well. I learned a lot about each college that I didn't know before.

"At Auburn I was surprised at how down to earth the coaching staff was. That was all that really surprised me."

Mack went on to say that he does not anticipate taking any more visits until at least the summer. With an offer list as extensive as the one he has it's unlikely that he will be participating in many camps, though he could attend to observe and interact with the coaches, as well as tour the campuses of the schools he's interested in.

The talented guard has not said too much about NC State recently. That's largely due to the fact that he hasn't been in touch with the Pack's coaching staff in a while. That said, he's still interested in the school.

"No, I haven't talked to them in a while," he said. "I'm still looking at them. I can't remember the last time (they talked). I haven't visited yet but I'd like to."

Mack said he would likely narrow his list to five at the end of his senior season, and spend the final two or three months of the recruiting process making his decision.

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