Mack gives Notre Dame visit high praise

Wide receiver Austin Mack of Fort Wayne (Ind.) Bishop Luers explains why he's "attracted" to Notre Dame and he recaps Saturday night's game experience.

Notre Dame hosted its top 2016 in-state prospect on Saturday night, four-star wide receiver Austin Mack of Fort Wayne (Ind.) Bishop Luers.

"Man, it was super fun," Mack said. "The Notre Dame fans were crazy, especially at the end of the game. It was a really good atmosphere."

"EG is having a great year so far," Mack said. "Their receivers are a big part of their success too, and I can't wait to see what DaVaris Daniels does on the field when he gets back from the suspension. They're going to get even better."

Mack visited Notre Dame for two games last season, Oklahoma and USC. More recently, he visited Notre Dame in June. The grew up an Irish fan and he's familiar already with campus and the environment at Notre Dame.

"So, this trip was more about having fun and enjoying a great game," Mack said. "Going into it, if I experienced anything new, that would be great, but I wanted to have fun, period. This recruiting process is a journey and I want to enjoy it."

"I got to talk with Coach Elston before and after the game," Mack said. "After the game, he had a funny comment and asked if I would actually still be considering Michigan after that game. Jaylon (Smith) was standing right there too and he was agreeing with him."

"I talk with Jaylon a lot," Mack said. "He's a great guy to look up to for pretty much everything. He knows how to handle everything thrown at him."

Mack is still sifting through the recruiting process, and though Michigan, Notre Dame and Ohio State are early front-runners, he's not ready to narrow his list. He does, however, know the date of his future commitment.

"I'm committing in early June at RAS camp at Trine University," Mack said. "Because that's where Jaylon committed, and I know Auston Robertson is committing with me then, too. I'm trying to get some other guys, like LaVert Hill to do it then as well."

"First, academics will matter," Mack said. "Then, player development, if I can see myself living on that campus of the next four years, and if I'm a good fit for that program."

Mack believes Notre Dame's campus environment would be conducive to his progress on and off the field.

"The size of the city doesn't matter, I'm already living in a pretty small city," Mack said. "With Notre Dame, there's not a lot of distractions and it's all about focusing on the reasons why you're there, which is a good thing."

"Notre Dame is like its own country," Mack said.

"The Gug doesn't even show up on Google maps because everything at Notre Dame is right there together. It's something I'm attracted to."

Mack plans to be back at Notre Dame for the Stanford game in October. His next visit is to Ohio State for its game vs. Cincinnati. Not other visits are currently scheduled.

"Since September 1, a lot of other schools have been showing me interest, so I'll probably add a few more visits as the season goes on," Mack said. "Virginia Tech is coming after me hard, Northwestern, Purdue, Tennessee and Arkansas are the schools off the top of my head."

Mack is a four-star prospect and is ranked as the No. 10 wide receiver in the class of 2015.

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