Last season was a great one for 2013 linebacker/safety prospect Tae Mack. The Woodruff Wolverines standout was a force for the team playing at defensive end and he helped the Wolverines reach the AA state championship game before falling to Timberland. We caught up with Mack recently to talk about his junior year and his senior season thus far and more.
To say Mack's junior season was a success is an understatement to say the least. He shared with us his numbers and talked about his best game of his career which came against a bitter rival.
"Last year I had 140 tackles and 4 sacks. My best game was last year against Clinton, I had 18 tackles and a sack. I almost had the school record."
His play as stated before helped the Wolverines reach the AA state championship game before losing to Timberland. His play didn't go unnoticed either.
"I was named All-Region and All-State last year."
Asked to talk about his strengths on the football field Mack had this to say.
"I've got a good nose for the ball, the ability to shed blocks, and good speed."
This year Woodruff has faced some tremendous battles having lost to two defending state champions in Abbeville (1A) and Byrnes (AAAA Division 1) early in the year. The goal remains the same for Mack and the Wolverines though he says. One of those matchups presented him with the toughest opponent he's faced to date he says too.
"Our goal is to get back to the state championship game and win it this year. On a personal level I'd like to win defensive player of the year and break the school record for tackles."
"Isaiah Pinson from Byrnes was the toughest player I've faced. He's a really good offensive linemen. His arms are long he could get his arms on me quicker than other offensive linemen."
The 5'10 200 pound prospect as we mentioned before is playing out of position most of the time at defensive end for the Wolverines but he projects as a outside linebacker due to his 4.55 speed in the 40 yard dash. He's utilized that speed coming off the edge to rack up big numbers again so far this season.
Right now Mack says he isn't hearing from many schools in regards to recruiting but he's hoping that will all change soon as he's off to another strong start during his last go around with the Wolverines. Having been named an All-State selection last season he's hoping to receive the nod again this year.
Looking ahead to college the 2013 Woodruff prospect told us what he'll be looking at closely when choosing a college and what he'd like to major in as well.
"I want somewhere that I can get a good education and possibly some early playing time. I'd like to major in business management."
We'll bring you more updates with Tae Mack as the season progresses and he continues to pile up big numbers so keep it right here! Check out some of Mack's testing measurables below.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS...TAE MACK
Bench press: 270 pounds
Squat: 365 pounds
Power clean: 270 pounds
Fastest 40: 4.55 seconds
Pro shuttle: 4.22 seconds
Broad jump: 8'6"