Last year the hardest commodity to find was a good left tackle. This year USF has set its sights on Junior College offensive tackle Cedric Mack. Mack, a 6-foot-5 340 pound monster, was recruited by the Bulls out of high school but failed to make grades and now attends El Camino Junior College in California. Originally out of Palmetto High School in Miami, Mack has his grades in order and plans to finish up this fall.
"I am taking school very serious right now. I'm really not even into the recruiting yet. I need to concentrate on my grades and take summer class this summer and have a great upcoming season."
Summer school means that Mack will most likely not visit any schools until after the fall season. However he has already visited USF when they were recruiting him in 2006 coming out of high school.
"I'm so busy right now I probably won't make any visits until December." Mack added, "South Florida was one of the schools I visited in '06. I went to a team camp there. I toured the facilities and the campus, I thought it was all very nice."
Because of that visit USF may have made an impression on the Big Man who was re-offered by the Bulls last Thursday.
"Coach Simmonds and I have been in contact for a few weeks and they just offered me last week."
Among the other teams who have offered are FIU, Kentucky, Ole Miss, Arizona and Oregon State.
"Right now I'd say I'm wide open. Location won't play a factor. It's going to come down to who offers my major, program prestige and coaching."
Mack's major of choice is Criminal Justice. He stressed that it's very important to find a school that meets his criteria. Being out two years removed from high school he understands that there is more to life than banging heads on the football field.
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