Top junior lineman names favorite

6'5", 323-pound Calhoun County (Saint Matthews, SC) standout Eric Mack is the early favorite to be the top offensive line prospect in the Palmetto State's Class of 2010. The mammoth lineman has been dominant on the camp circuit this summer, and he's already garnered several offers from BCS conference programs. Read inside as Mack updates his recruitment and names an early leader for his services.

Making his sixth visit to South Carolina this year, Mack was in attendance for USC's first annual Gamecock Showcase Camp last Friday. While he didn't work out on Friday, Mack was one of the top performers at USC's June prospect camp. The aggressive lineman says he enjoyed that experience and the opportunity to work under the Gamecock coaches.

"It went well. I enjoyed it," Mack said. "I worked out for a morning session. Some of the drills were kind of hard, but some of them I did excellent. It was worth my while [learning from USC Offensive Line Coach John Hunt]."

Safeties coach Shane Beamer is recruiting Mack for the Gamecocks and has already developed a good relationship with the rising junior lineman.

"Oh, I like him. He's a cool fellow," Mack said. "He's just telling me even if I don't like it, at least come check it out. He said he knows everybody he recruits isn't necessarily going to come to South Carolina, but he just wanted me to come work out at the camp."

The talented lineman has offers from South Carolina, Alabama, Kentucky, Wake Forest and North Carolina with Florida also showing interest.

Of those programs, Mack says South Carolina, North Carolina and Kentucky stand out. He broke down what he likes about North Carolina and South Carolina, choosing to leave out Kentucky.

North Carolina – "Well, it's close to home. I haven't ever really visited North Carolina; I've just went up there to visit family and friends. I like the environment, though."

South Carolina – "I like how their practices are set up and their athletic scene, like the facilities and stuff. And the coaches, basically the fans and everything. I like how live the scene is."

Mack says of the schools who have offered him that South Carolina is his clear leader, but an FSU offer could change that.

"I grew up a Florida State fan," Mack said. "Like my cousins, my dad, and even sometimes my mom seemed to like Florida State, too."

While Mack says a Florida State offer would put the Seminoles right up there with the Gamecocks, he says he would love the opportunity to play with teammate and 2009 Gamecock target David Sims.

"David and I have [talked about playing together]," Mack said." I told him if he goes to South Carolina, I'm going with him."

Mack believes that Sims really likes NC State and Tennessee, but that in his opinion there's about a "40-percent chance" that Sims ends up at South Carolina.

Mack says he does not have a timetable for a commitment, and that he will commit when the time just feels right. He plans trips to Kentucky and Florida State, and says he will likely be at almost every South Carolina home game this fall.

The athletic big-man, who also plays center for the Calhoun County basketball team, was asked to describe what the team who eventually signs him will get from him on the gridiron. Mack is a well-spoken, polite teenager off the field, but he says he has a take-no-prisoners, fierce attitude in the trenches.

"When I'm on the field, I'm very focused and very hard-working," Mack said. "When I go on the field, it's like nobody out there can beat me. I go out there and do my best, and hope I'm the bigger man."

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