Mack heads to Sothern Miss for a visit

The past two seasons, one of the top JUCO cornerbacks in California has been El Camino's Derek Mack (5-9, 175). This weekend, the talented DB heads to Hattiesburg, Mississippi to check out Southern Miss and he said he's very interested in what the Golden Eagles have to offer...

Mack prepped at one of the most storied high school programs in the country, Miami Northwestern, and enjoyed a solid career there. However, he was unable to qualify for a D-1 offer and when that became known, he decided to head to southern California to continue his football career.

"I actually went to Pasadena in 2008," Mack told recently. "I had a real good season there. I was named Defensive MVP and I had five interceptions, 59 tackles, 11 pass-breakups and I had four blocked kicks.

"I decided to move over to El Camino after the season just because they are such a great program."

This season for the Warriors, the diminutive corner held his own as well, but put up modest numbers -- 39 tackles, one interception and six passes defensed.

"The style of play for he offenses playing us was a lot different," Mack said. "They didn't throw my way much because a lot of them knew me from when I was at Pasadena so they threw away from me."

Recruiting was busy early on for Mack with an offer from Utah and heavy interest from Tulsa, New Mexico and Nevada, but he said the Utes pulled their offer about midway through the season.

"Southern Miss recently offered me and I'm tripping there this weekend," Mack said. "I'm highly interested in them and what they have to offer. They are a good program and they always play good football so I'm looking forward to heading out there this Friday."

Mack is on pace to graduate this May and he'll have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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