"I chose Wake Forest because when I went down for camp [in early June] I wasn't familiar and we went down a day early and toured the campus ourselves. They had to open up the gates for us and we toured the whole place. We don't have a campus around here like that."
"It's so beautiful down there and I love the football field. I love the coaches and they're from Ohio U. too so they know my home area too. [At Wake,] I felt at home and they wanted me most. If I was going to wait and get bigger offers, it wouldn't matter. I knew I still wanted to go to Wake. Other schools were going to wait but Wake really showed that they wanted me and that helped me draw my conclusion."
Mauk also noted that Bryan Andrews' decision to be a Deacon also helped in his decision. "My dad and his dad played hoops together," Mauk said, "so I was familiar with him already so it won't be like I'm by myself at Wake."
As for his game, Mauk does not describe himself as a pocket quarterback. "I'm an athletic quarterback, not your typical dropback passer," Mauk noted. "I like to find open lanes to receivers. I also have a lot of toughness and a desire to win. The thing I need to work on most is my vocal leadership, especially since I'm a senior."
Mauk, who had an incredible junior season in which he threw for 5770 yards and 60 touchdowns and rushed for 916 more en route to a perfect 15-0 record and a state championship, noted that he had offers from "Bowling Green, Kent State, Eastern Michigan, Central Michigan, Akron, Ohio University, and Toledo."
Still, his final three were Wake, LSU, and Penn State. "LSU was taking two quarterbacks and they said I threw better than some of the quarterbacks they had, but they wanted to wait and see how my season was going before they offered." Penn State was also planning to wait before making a decision on whether to offer Mauk.
Mauk, who runs a 4.6 40, benches 300, and squats 425, attended camps at LSU, Wake Forest, Illinois, Michigan, Pittsburgh, Kent State, and Clemson this summer.