Jacarthy Mack talks ACC offer

Last month's National Signing Day saw 11 M.L. King players sign with D1 universities. The school, located in Lithonia, competes in the high competitive AAAAA classification in Georgia and must find a way to make do without the graduated talent. One returning player who'll help fill the void is defensive end/outside linebacker Jacarthy Mack who recently received his first ACC offer.

"Wake Forest is my eighth offer," said Jacarthy Mack. "Last week the position coached called me to tell me I had the offer. I'm excited. They're a school from a great conference, the ACC. I'm going to be checking them out and trying to learn more about the program. I saw them play on TV this year. Normally, I don't watch a lot of TV, so I didn't see many of their games. I'm supposed to call and speak with more of the staff as well as Coach Grobe."

On a team with plenty of playmakers on both sides of the ball, Mack reeked havoc in the backfield last season with seven sacks and 65 tackles from his defensive end position in a 3-5 defensive set. College coaches in town scouting the seniors naturally focused in on the emerging Mack.

"My first offers were from ECU and Louisville," Mack said. "I also have offers from South Carolina, Rutgers, Kansas State, ULL, and Akron. I'm hearing from the coaches at Florida, Clemson, and Auburn."

Originally from Savannah, Ga., Mack started out at Southwest DeKalb High School after moving to the Atlanta area. He transferred to M.L. King and became a starter at defensive end and was named 2011 First Team All-Region 2/AAAAA at the position.

"Over time I've learned to tackle better, move to the ball faster, and have improved on my technique," Mack said on his game. "I think my strength comes from my quickness. I have good hands, my motor is always running, and I'm a solid at tackling. If I'm near the ball carrier I feel like I can track him down and make the play."

Mack, 6-foot-3, 205-pounds, wants to commit this summer. He take some unofficial visits this spring with his teammates and position coach in hopes of trimming down his list.

"The reason I want to commit early," said Mack, "is to secure a spot and then put all of my focus on my senior season. I'm hoping to commit by July.

I'm looking to find a college where I feel at home, coaches who are honest with me, and somewhere I'd have a chance to play early. I'd love to play with my teammate, Joshua Outlaw, in college, if we can work it out."

Mack has a positive outlook for the 2012 season.

"We're going to be strong next year, and I think we'll have a good shot at winning state," he said. "Everybody is moving up to 6A, but us and Stephenson. Personally, I want to be selected as an All-American and be ranked nationally in the top 35."

Mack is solid academically, reporting a 2.9 GPA and 1360 on the SAT. He wears No. 57 for the MLK Lions who play their home games at James R. Hallford Stadium.

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