Late NCAA President Myles Brand would be proud of Scout's No. 73 OT Parker Mack of Little Rock, Ark. Mack is the kind of player that puts the "student" first in student-athlete, a cause Brand was known throughout his tenure for championing.
"I'm mainly just going for an academic school," Mack said. "I want to have the best opportunity to succeed in the classroom."
Thus far, Mack has offers close to home in the SEC from Arkansas and Vanderbilt as well as Wake Forest, Illinois and Syracuse. His focus has been on finding a school where he can be a pre-med major, though the standout lineman is not sure what type of medicine he wants to go into quite yet.
"I definitely want to go to pre-med," Mack said. "I'm not sure yet what kind of doctor I want to be though."
Mack has expressed some interest in the Orange's program, but has yet to name a favorite or set up a visit.
The Orange offered Mack "out of the blue," as he called it, but there has not been much correspondence between the tackle and the Orange since that offer was made.
"I haven't heard from Syracuse in a while," Mack said. "I know they have very good academics and a good football program."
Mack said he will wait until after his high school season is over to make a decision on where he will enroll next fall.