FNL Preview: Austin Mack

Early 2016 four-star wide receiver Austin Mack previews his Ohio State visit, and explains his interest in the Buckeyes.

2016 Fort Wayne (IN) Bishop Luers wide receiver Austin Mack is one of the best in the country for his class. He's a four-star prospect and the nation's 12th best wideout for 2016.

Ohio State has already offered Mack after he camped with the Buckeyes in June, and he'll be back again for Friday Night Lights this week. He spoke about his interest in the program.

"My interest in them is really high," Mack said. "I really like Ohio State. Coach Coombs is my area recruiter and we have a real good connection. I've felt connected to him the whole way. Urban Meyer has a great reputation and that makes them even more special. It's a great coaching staff and one known for producing a lot of talent and sending them to the NFL."

"They'll be in it until the end."

His relationship with the coaching staff will play a key role in his decision, and the Buckeyes are off to a great start.

"The thing about Ohio State is that the coaches are so down to earth," Mack pointed out. "It's so easy to talk to them and that's the main thing I wanted to establish in my recruiting process. I want to be close to my coaches. That way we can understand each other."

"The nice thing about going to camp is being able to work with the position coach," he added. "I've already worked with coach Zach Smith before and I'll be able to get to do it again. It's great to know how you will be able to work and interact with someone that may coach you in the future and is partially responsible for your athletic development. It's one of the main things I look at."

Mack has a connection to the Ohio State program that is also working in their favor.

"Rod Smith went to my school and he's at Ohio State," he explained. "Our families are very close. We hang out all the time. I might be staying the night in Columbus on Friday, and if I do, I'll be staying with him. He's a big brother to me and tells me what's real. He's been a great ambassador for Ohio State and helping me feel comfortable with the school. Jaylon (Smith) has done the same stuff at Notre Dame."

Another area of focus for Mack on the recruiting trail will be centered on academics, and Ohio State will be in good hands in that facet as well.

"Academically they are a very strong school," he noted. "They're up to part with the best programs in the country in that regard. I'm interested in entering the medical field and they are of the best schools for that. I plan on learning more about that aspect when I visit in the Fall. I'll be visiting them for a few different games."

He explained the main reason why he wanted to make sure he got back to Ohio State before the end of summer.

"This trip is more to compete in the camp," Mack addressed. "I'm coming because I want to have fun and I love taking my game to the next level. Coach Coombs has already been telling me how his defensive backs are going to lock me up. It's all in good fun, but I'm coming to prove him wrong and to beat his position group. The best thing will be getting to work with Coach Smith again, though."

"I can't wait to work out for him again and to show him I'm a guy he wants on his roster," he continued. "I already think he'd be great to play for."

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