Irish make a move on Mack

Notre Dame needed to impress four-star receiver Austin Mack of Fort Wayne (Ind.) Bishop Luers on Junior Day to eventually land him. The Irish did just that on Saturday.

Wide receiver Austin Mack has been a frequent Notre Dame visitor during his recruitment, but Junior Day struck a different tone with the four-star prospect from Fort Wayne, Ind.

“This visit definitely impressed me,” Mack said. “As a business decision, it would be crazy to turn down Notre Dame. It’s a school that definitely pushes my buttons, and I will consider them until I commit.”

Mack met one-on-one with head coach Brian Kelly on Saturday morning.

“He explained what type of network Notre Dame is,” Mack said. “He talked about the brand of Notre Dame, and he explained how being a Notre Dame graduate could benefit me in life. I could meet the CEO of a big company that went to Notre Dame and be set for 40 years.

“Coach Kelly also said that I would fit well in Notre Dame’s pro-style offense. He thinks I would pick up the system really well and thrive in it because of my body structure.”

Mack also met with new Irish offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Mike Sanford.

“He seems super cool,” Mack said. “I think he’s really young, but he’s dialed into the game.”

The 6-foot-2, 205-pound receiver arrived at Notre Dame on Friday evening in order to spend time with former teammate and Irish linebacker Jaylon Smith.

“We went bowling last night and it was a lot of fun,” Mack said. “We didn’t want to tire Jaylon out too much because he had practice today. Jaylon is my boy, and I really admire him. He’s a great person. I love being around him.”

Mack’s mother joined him later on the visit.

“She really loved it,” Mack said. “It hit her pretty well, I think. I’m sure we’ll talk about it more when we get home.”

Mack will announce a decision on June 7. The schools in contention to land him include Alabama, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, South Carolina and Vanderbilt.

He will visit Alabama next week, Ohio State on April 11 and Michigan State on April 18. Mack believes he knows enough about Notre Dame in order to make a decision in the end.

“I don’t think I need another visit there because I’m pretty set on what I know about Notre Dame,” Mack said. “Now, I just need to see if it’s a place where I can see myself living for the next four years.”

Mack is a four-star prospect and is ranked as the No. 18 wide receiver in the class of 2016.


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