Originally visited by defensive coordinator Dave Aranda and running back coach Thomas Brown during the winter contact period, the 6-3, 200-pound Mack got a visit from new running back coach John Settle this week and earned himself a scholarship from the Badgers.
“Coach Aranda and Coach Brown came first to express their interest, said they would keep in contact with me and were very excited about me, and our relationship between me and Coach Aranda has built from there,” Mack told BadgerNation. “It was cool; Coach Settle shook my hand, we talked for a little bit and he offered.”
Safety is presumed to be an important position in the 2016 recruiting cycle for Wisconsin, as the Badgers will graduate two seniors – Michael Caputo and Tanner McEvoy – after the upcoming season. According to Mack, Settle praised him for his physicality on film.
“I am very physical at my position,” said Mack. “They like my height and size. With what they saw, they were happy with how I was looking. They put it alongside my tape and I am pretty sure that’s the reason why (they offered).”
“They’ve been talking to me for quite a long time now,” said Mack. “Coach Hankwitz, Coach Brown (defensive backs coach), Coach Long (defensive line coach) came out to my school. I’ve been building a relationship with them for a while now.”
Finishing his junior season with 33 tackles, 11 pass breakups and two interceptions, Mack has 11 offers but says he narrowed his list down to a top three of Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt and Virginia, schools he visited for games last fall. With the two Big Ten offers, Mack’s list is in flux.
“Those offers will definitely shake it up because my list has been changing the last couple days,” said Mack. “As one comes, the list will continue to change. It’s not etched in stone. As the summer goes along and I take my visits, I’ll definitely have a decision in mind.”
Mack wants to commit on August 3, and says the Badgers are a school he wants to see before that date comes.
“I obviously know about Melvin Gordon and what he did at Wisconsin,” said Mack. “Besides that I have to do my research on Wisconsin and hopefully get a visit up there soon.”
Mack added he wanted to revisit his top three schools, as well as visit North Carolina.