"They (Nebraska) told me that he (Beck) was their man," Sanchez explained. "So I added Notre Dame in addition (to the already scheduled trip) to Ohio State."
After visiting both of those places, TheInsiders' No. 10 (nationally) did not have the Longhorns in his immediate plans and there was a good chance that he wouldn't even visit.
Enter Mack Brown who convinced the California standout to take an unofficial to UT.
"The big selling point was when he said that once we see it, we'll know there isn't any other place to be," Sanchez revealed. "And that was true. It really was as nice as he said it would be."
Regarding his Forty Acres visit the Mission Viejo passer said, "It was awesome. I had a really good time with the players and coaches -- just a great experience."
The 6-2, 215-pounder also liked what he saw of the facilities.
"The dorm rooms are really nice," Sanchez said. "A lot better than all the other schools. I felt pretty comfortable there -- it's a real family atmosphere there. Mack Brown made me an honorary Texan for the three days I was there and said I would be a Texan when I get there. I really liked that."
Texas OC Greg Davis and the West Coast all-star also hit it off.
"We talked football as soon as we got there," said the Elite 11 invitee. "I really liked that. We immediately began watching film and I felt like I already went there. Going over concepts, offensive philosophy -- their offense is very similar to our offense. The only thing different is the terminology. Our relationship took off; we had very good chemistry."
Perhaps nothing defined the impact of his overall UT visit more than what Sanchez observed when watching his father.
"The best part of the trip was watching my dad. I knew how happy he was. It was awesome to see my dad happy. He's real consistent emotionally. He doesn't get up too high or too down, he doesn't really show any feelings. But you know when he is happy. And he was happy. It was good to see..."
Speaking with Mark's father (Nick Sanchez) Monday night, on the topic of making a decision, he said: "When it comes to making a decision, the way we do stuff in our family -- it's a little quirky -- but we typically sit down and discuss it as a family. We get everyone's input."
Asked if that sit-down was already in progress, Mark said, "That won't happen until Friday. We're set to visit SC again this Friday to meet with Coach (Norm) Chow. He wasn't there when I went Tuesday to visit with Coach (Pete) Carroll. So we're going back to SC this Friday."
As for when the commitment might be ready to pop, Sanchez said he didn't know. That it would not come until weighing everything and with his family. That when he decides, he won't look back.
"Once I commit, that's it."