Hoss has OSU trip scheduled, Beavs lead

FOUR MORE HOME GAMES for Oregon State. That also means there are four more official visit game day weekends in Corvallis. One of those coming to dinner is a 6-5, 335-pound offensive tackle prospect with a penchant for pancake blocks. His official visit to Corvallis will be his first, and he says he has a clear leader headed in.

Recruiting is a fluid situation, with leaders capable of moving up and down a prospect's list on a regular basis. Earlier reports had Cedric Mack close to committing to then-leader Iowa State, but also high on LSU and with a number of offers to choose from.

His new leader is just up the coast a bit from El Camino, Calif., where Mack plays his junior college ball.

"Oregon State, that's my top school right now. I like how they play," said Mack.

Oregon State earlier this summer also received a verbal commitment from El Camino running back Jeremy Francis. Whether Mack will join his teammate at OSU will depend in large measure on his official visit to Corvallis during his bye week.

"I'm taking a trip next week (Oct. 6) to Oregon State," said Mack.

A first team all-conference selection in 2006 his freshman year, Mack has three to play two. Nigel Burton is running the recruiting point for the Beavers, with Mack saying OSU has been showing him plenty of love over the course of the recruiting season. Mack has also sought out Beaver QB and former El Camino signal caller Lyle Moevao for input on Oregon State.

Asked what he'll be looking for on his official visit and what questions he hopes to have answered, a succinct Mack said he'll have his eyes and ears open to take in any and all data from the moment he gets off the plane.

"Everything. How they play, how they live, the environment, the relationships, everything," said Mack.

Iowa State is the other school making the most contact these days, said Mack.

MACK IN 2007 has not allowed a sack and has been grading out well in the El Camino film room, he said.

"I'm having a great season so far. My highest (game) grade, I was at 94," said Mack.

As a freshman, Mack started all 14 games and according to Scout.com recorded more than 60 pancake blocks in 2006.

After four games, Mack said he's well ahead of last year's pace and may need to pick up a couple extra bottles of syrup.

I've got like 30 pancakes or so," said Mack.

MACK PREPPED AT Miami-Palmetto High, where he was an all-Miami Dade selection.

He saw recruiting interest from Miami, Florida and Florida State and others before heading the junior college route.

Cedric Mack profile and video

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