Austin Mack just started his second year of high school football, but the 2016 Indiana wide receiver already holds offers from Cincinnati and Indiana.
“It’s been an honor,” Mack said. “I’m very, very grateful and thankful to be able to be in this position and impress coaches early.”
The 6-foot-2, 200-pounder from Fort Wayne’s Bishop Luers High School is also receiving interest from several other BCS schools in the Midwest.
“Michigan State has shown interest, Nebraska, Northwestern and Michigan,” he said. “Hopefully there’s going to be many more schools.”
Mack, who attributes the early interest to his frame and route-running ability, wanted to camp at Notre Dame this summer, but wasn’t able to.
“I didn’t get to go,” he said. “That weekend was IMG’s 7-on-7 tournament in Florida. Unfortunately I couldn’t do it, but I’ll definitely be up there next year.”
With a former teammate on the roster and friends whose parents attended Notre Dame, Mack expects to be in South Bend this fall for games.
“I’m definitely going to be going with them to cheer on Jaylon Smith,” he said. “Jaylon is like my big brother.
“He told me he loves it. He said it’s hard, the academics are very hard. He also told me it’s a great program.”
Mack is focused on the current season, but with his classmate Noah Wezensky, who impressed at Notre Dame’s camp this summer, splitting time at quarterback as a sophomore, Mack can’t help but think about the future a little bit.
“Our senior year, we’re going to dominate,” he said. “Right now, our chemistry from playing 7-on-7 is ridiculous. I’m definitely excited for the future for sure.”
Mack hasn’t been recruited by the Irish just yet, but expects to be soon.
“I think that’ll probably happen more next year,” he said. “I’m sure I’m on their radar, but I haven’t had anything from them yet.”
Mack wants to be a doctor, so it’s no surprise to hear what will take priority in his recruitment.
“Academics is number one,” said Mack, who added overall comfort with a school will also play a major role.