Mack focused on Notre Dame visit

Indiana’s top ranked wide receiver has already visited Notre Dame a handful of times, but Saturday’s junior day may be the final trip he takes to South Bend before announcing his commitment in June. Austin Mack of Fort Wayne’s Bishop Luers previews the Notre Dame visit, including his mindset heading into the weekend.

Scout 300 player and the Midwest’s No. 2 ranked wide receiver in the class of 2016, four-star Austin Mack, will make his way to Notre Dame this weekend for junior day.

“To be honest, I know I’m down to a few schools at this point,” Mack said. “So, I’m going to look at Notre Dame from the point of view like I know I’m going there to see if I can actually see myself there for the next four years of my life. There’s nothing specific I want to find out, but I’m always wanting to see more and learn more.”

The Fort Wayne (Ind.) Bishop Luers product is hopeful he will be able to spend Friday night with former Bishop Luers standout and Irish star defender Jaylon Smith.

“I’m getting my wisdom teeth out on Thursday, so hopefully I’ll still be able to get to Notre Dame on Friday night and spend the night with Jaylon,” Mack said. “I’m hoping that works out.”

Schools in contention to land Mack include Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, South Carolina, Tennessee and Vanderbilt.

“Notre Dame provides me all that I need, and the education is crazy,” Mack said. “It’s basically if I can see myself there for the next four years.”

Mack will visit Michigan State on April 18 and Tennessee on May 2. A trip to South Carolina is also in the works.

Mack visited his childhood favorite, Michigan, last weekend.

“The atmosphere is completely different there now with Coach (Jim) Harbaugh,” Mack said. “It’s definitely not the same anymore. Coach Harbaugh told me that I’m his No. 1 wide receiver in this class. I think I would fit in well there because they run a pro-style offense.”

The 6-foot-2, 205-pound wide out underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in January, and he hopes to be back to 100 percent at the onset of August.

“I definitely hope to be full-go by the start of the season,” Mack said. “I want to start lifting heavy again in June.”

Mack will announce his commitment on June 7 at RAS Camp at Trine University.


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