Mack Enjoys Time with Wolford

The Gamecocks hosted over 150 prospects at their junior day Saturday, including many of their top targets for the class of 2010. One of those top targets is Calhoun County standout offensive lineman Eric Mack. Read inside as has the full report on the 6-5, 290 pound prospect's visit to Columbia.

"Yeah, it was alright," Eric Mack said of his junior day visit to South Carolina. "I liked talking to Coach Wolford and getting to know him a little bit better. I liked what they said about the academics."

Mack has been to South Carolina multiple times before, and said there wasn't much new for him to learn. Still, he feels that Saturday helped him to develop a better relationship with Wolford.

"He seems like a good coach to me. He's got an attitude like the coach I play for right now, Coach Wilson at Calhoun County. He sounds like someone I could get a good relationship with."

Mack was also impressed with the presentation given to the prospects in The Zone at Williams Brice Stadium.

"I mean I like what they're doing with the campus. Upgrading is always a good thing," Mack said. "I hope that (the academic center) gets done so I can see it before I make my choice."

Mack's teammate Alshon Jeffery recently signed with the Gamecocks, and the 6-5, 290 pound prospect didn't hide the fact that it could have an impact on his decision.

"I mean I like playing with players I've played with before so it's a big impact," he said. "(Jeffery) and [Georgia Tech commitment] David Sims will have an effect on where I go."

Mack also has some close friends from other schools he has discussed playing with on the next level. One of those is fellow South Carolina OL target A.J. Cann. Mack and Cann play in the same region.

"Yeah, we've talked about (playing together)," Mack said. "But the choice is mine, and I mean I'm not making it until signing day. So we'll see."

Mack claims no favorites and says all of the schools "look the same" to him right now. The talented lineman claims offers from South Carolina, Clemson, North Carolina, Alabama, Florida, Tennessee and Wake Forest. He is also interested in programs like Georgia and Southern Cal, among others.

The explosive lineman plans multiple visits for this spring and summer, but doesn't know where yet.

He plans to take all five official visits. He says as of right now South Carolina, Southern Cal and Tennessee will definitely get visits.

Former South Carolina recruiting coordinator David Reaves has the Volunteers in the mix with Mack.

"Coach Reaves, when he was at South Carolina, me and him had kind of a connection. And when he left and went to Tennessee, I just started liking them."

Mack says distance is not an issue and he could see himself playing for Southern Cal.

"I grew up a Trojan fan, so."

Don't expect a decision from Mack any time soon, as he plans to wait until signing day. He does know what he is looking for in the program he eventually chooses.

"When I pick a school I'm looking at where I can play early, how many players they graduated in the last four years, and how many players get drafted."

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