N. Atlanta’s Marcus Mack hoping All-America nomination earns notice

North Atlanta's Marcus Mack

North Atlanta's Marcus Mack (Photo by Rob Saye/SportsTracs.com)

Not every college football recruit is a blue-chip prospect holding multiple offers months before his senior season. But that doesn’t mean they won’t become terrific college football players.

Nowhere was that more evident than at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl luncheon at Fox Sports Grill earlier this week. There were 23 Georgians there who were being recognized for being U.S. Army All-America nominees. But for every 4-star, can’t-miss prospect in attendance there was another one still holding out hope for that first major offer.

Marcus Mack falls into the latter category.

By all accounts, the North Atlanta linebacer has all the measurables for which college football recruiters are looking. He’s nearly 6-foot-2, weighs 210 pounds and consistently breaks 4.7 seconds in the 40-yard dash. He’s also a smart kid with a 3.6 grade-point average.

But heading into the last weeks of his junior year, he still awaits that first major-college offer.

“Right now I feel like I’m getting close,” Mack said of scholarship offers. “I play mainly defensive end at my school, but I plan on playing linebacker in college. So a lot of people haven’t seen me move around yet other than out of a three-point stance. I think once they do they’ll have a better understanding of me as a player.”

So Mack is taking the route a lot of prospects do. He’s planning on attending as many camps as possible this summer. The hope is that strong performances against other top-notch prospects will produce some tangible offers.

“Currently I’m getting looked at by a lot of schools,” said Mack, who went on to list Georgia, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Alabama, Northwestern and Arkansas. “I keep in touch with most all of them on a weekly basis. It’s not solid yet which ones but I plan on going to about seven camps.”

He has also signed up for a lot of combines. He has been to two Scout events and the National Underclassmen.

It’s hard to say Mack is completely under the radar. He is one of only 400 players nationwide to earn the distinction of an Army All-America nominee.

“I’m proud of it,” Mack said of his nomination. “I feel like it gives me a chance to show I have abilities and show that I come from a strong program.”

Mack is not alone in his situation. Several of the other nominees gathered at the Atlantic Station eatery early this week are being given the wait-and-see treatment by recruiters, including Whitefield Academy tight end/defensive Kennard Backman, Flowery Branch quarterback Austin Brown, Lovejoy offensive lineman Lamont Hardy (N.C.  State offer), Hillgrove tight end Ira McCune and Buford running back Dominique Swope.

36 comments Add your comment

Delbert D.

May 7th, 2010
11:27 am

I think Mack will get a scholarship to a good academic school. He has obviously worked very hard.

MaconKnight

May 7th, 2010
11:31 am

I think this kid will be a good one, UGA needs to lock this kid in, we have a great need for Linebackers

BAMA STAN

May 7th, 2010
12:09 pm

13 NATIONAL TITLES – 22 SEC TITLES!!!

Best of luck to this young man – hope something breaks real soon for him. Prioty – get that education!

ROLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL TIDE!!!

hunkerdown

May 7th, 2010
1:05 pm

When did Dominique Swoop transfer to Buford? Last year he played at Sequoyah.

Marcus

May 7th, 2010
1:06 pm

At what point do some recruits realize that good academic, collegiate and football experiences can be had outside of the name-brand, always on TV, Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) schools?

hunkerdown

May 7th, 2010
1:12 pm

Good luck Marcus! Nice to see you applying yourself in the classroom. Something tells me that some D1 offers are right around the corner. Good luck in Athens at the summer camp. Hope you catch the coaches eyes. Love your attitude.

KD

May 7th, 2010
1:37 pm

To Hunkerdown, about 2 seconds after Buford offered his family a place to move into & $$$$

BAMA STAN

May 7th, 2010
1:45 pm

I wish we really did have 13 national titles but we really don’t,cause the local newspaper can’t hand out national titles like fat,toothless,hairy women that run the streets of Alabama.

padlock

May 7th, 2010
2:13 pm

4 ACC Coastal Division teams ranked in SI’s top 25 and only 1 in the SEC East. Your division, Mutts, is what stinks with a capital “S.”

duckey

May 7th, 2010
2:14 pm

well said bama stan

duckey

May 7th, 2010
2:16 pm

yes if we did not have to play the games that would make sence

ugaaccountant

May 7th, 2010
2:55 pm

At what point do some recruits realize that good academic, collegiate and football experiences can be had outside of the name-brand, always on TV, Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) schools?

Umm, the best academics other than a handful such as the IVY leagues are also FBS schools. Without question the best football experience is at an FBS school. And finally, ask anyone and they’ll tell you the best collegiate experience is at the large state school with FBS level football.

Hey, Bama Stan

May 7th, 2010
3:32 pm

Don’t dig much pass UA’s media guide or you might find out the 13 NC are truly “mythical”. I just don’t think you will like what you see.

BTW: I absolutely hate Auburn but you better watch out for them ’cause that coaching staff seems to have a leg up on the Tide’s (based upon last year’s last match-up). Gave Bama all they wanted and then some with far lesser talent. But now the talent seems to be pouring in that stink pool called the “loveliest little village on the plains”

Paddy

May 7th, 2010
3:42 pm

This kid is working his butt off. That usually means good things will happen. He sounds just like the type of kid that would end up at UCF, USF or East Carolina. Hope he gets his wish.

BAMA STAN

May 7th, 2010
3:44 pm

Mr Gump says we got 13 national titles so I thanks we do .

dawg fan

May 7th, 2010
4:15 pm

Sounds a lot like that all-american DE that played at UGA a few years back.

RxDawg

May 7th, 2010
4:18 pm

Sounds like a rock solid athelete and young man. I’m sure he’ll be a great asset to one of the better programs in the nation.

Delbert D.

May 7th, 2010
7:20 pm

Bama Stan – I think I counted 18. Actually I think I counted 17, but I added last year. I ran out of fingers, and I have my shoes on, so I may be off by 1, and I don’t want to repeat the ordeal.

I’ve been illuminating this issue of “National Poll Championships” over on a basketball blog, no less. What’s more amazing is that patrick (man of many mysteries and names) first posted the link the other night, and I paid attention.

http://collegefootball.procon.org/sourcefiles/2009FBSRecords.pdf

Does bamer stan has to write down...

May 7th, 2010
7:21 pm

ALL THAT NONSENSE LIE !!! or should i say CRAP about ….Ohhh look at me I got 13 MITHICAL TITLE’S and 4000.0000 SEC Title’s. Do you need to do that to make yourself feel any better????…. I would say … GROW UP SIR !!! HOW OLD ARE YOU? Is like me telling everyone…Ohh look you see that house !! That’s mine…even tough my girlfriend owes it and i just moved inn with her for about 2 yrs now.

bama stan !!

May 7th, 2010
7:27 pm

ROLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL ….YOUR A$$ OUTTA HERE ….YOU NEED HELP !!!!!!!

Delbert D.

May 7th, 2010
7:29 pm

I also found out, to my horror, that the NCAA does not award NCAA championships, not in FCS playoff football, nor Div. 1 basketball. *They still use polls.* Villanova was chosen by 3 polls for FCS, and Kansas (final AP poll) and Duke (final Coaches’ poll) both are listed for Div. 1 basketball. You can’t make this stuff up; these NCAA guys are either clueless or gutless. Check them out.

http://www.ncaa.com/rankings/index.html

Delbert D.

May 7th, 2010
7:40 pm

My current theory is that the NCAA leaders are being manipulated by Dr. William Bell (formerly and currently of Massive Dynamic) from the parallel universe. They obviously don’t have a FBS (Football Bowl System) over there; I think theirs is a BFS (Bull Freakin’ S***).

sneakypete

May 7th, 2010
8:14 pm

Just ‘member bout Bama ways. Albert Means.

Vick=Dog killing Thug

May 7th, 2010
8:59 pm

6′2 210… nice smart and aggressive. Let’s hope he’s on the dawgs radar?

Looser

May 8th, 2010
7:13 am

What sort of looser has too start his blog with how may National Titles and Conference titles his team won – who really gives a flying phuc – get a life you moron.

And then padlock having high hopes on preseason rankings – and now she has the whole season figured out – why even play padlock – You saw the Dawgs division sucks – well they I believe someone in the SEC East beat the ACC champs last year? Yes Padlock – those preseason rankings really mean a whole lot – especially from SI

roll tide

May 8th, 2010
8:10 am

Might as well pass on Lamont Hardy. Bobo likes good ole chew tobacco pickup drivin, country strong offensive lineman rather tha athletes that could help us win a national title. Down through the years the uga coaches from south georgia (including Ray Goff) have really hurt us. Get rid of Bobo and don’t hire any more. Marcus Mcneil (who the idiot Callaway thought was lazy!), Duke Robinson, Sergio Render,Chris Scott,Anthony Mitchell, James Carpenter, Ray Dominguez, Maurice Hurt, Byrom Isom, Chance Warmack, Darius Mckeller, Ed Christian, Jujuan James. It’s so obviuos what’s happening in Athens and it needs to stop.

Slow your role

May 8th, 2010
9:12 am

Did you guys not read Bama Stan’s last sentence? The one that mattered, “Priority-get that education.” Grow up UGA fans. Who cares if Bama has 13 NT or not? Don’t be mad that they have a stronger program than UGA, it is what it is. The main point is that these kids first priority is education and it should always be like that. I love College Football too but guess what? There are far more important things in this life.

MANO17

May 8th, 2010
9:53 am

IF YOU ARE TALKN ABOUT TOP NOTCH RECRUITS SWD IS THE PLACE THAT YOU NEED TO COME TO . WE HAVE AT LEAST 10 DIV1 RECRUITS THIS YEAR . WITH TERRANCE SMITH THE FLORIDIA STATE COMMIT HE ALSO HAS OFERS FROM CLEMSON, OHIO STATE AND MANY OTHERS .

Marcus (aka decatur g)

May 8th, 2010
9:55 am

@ugaaccount,
not to disparage your perspective, but your post is spoken like someone who has never HAD any other experience than the state flagship, BCS contender type of school. That is the type of bias/prejudice that permeates the process, but for each individual, he/she has to decide what type of culture and experience would best suit them.
Just wish some (or a lot) of kids and students would be more open-minded.

recruitnik

May 8th, 2010
10:12 am

Bamastan you have 8 national titles.. stop pretending..

Regarding Marcus I hope he can earn himself a scholarship. He needs to go to camps and compete and earn that offer. I hope Marcus the best.

Fred Sanford

May 8th, 2010
10:35 am

Whoever voted ACC teams in the top 25. YOU BIG DUMMY!

Reggie

May 8th, 2010
10:37 am

Marcus,

The most important thing is your 3.6. Keep focusing on that and everything else will take care of itself! Be true to yourself!!!

KNIGHTRO

May 8th, 2010
8:47 pm

I hope UCF offers him. We are losing 4 senior linebackers next year.

SECTally1

May 9th, 2010
4:56 pm

To Bama Stan. Your sage advice and I quote, “Prioty – get that education!” I hope you are not indicative of a Bama education. It is spelled; P R I O R I T Y

harold

May 10th, 2010
3:26 pm

IF HE WANTS TO PLAY CHAMPIONSHIP BALL HE GOES TO ALABAMA OR FLORIDA. IF HE WANTS TO PLAY ON AVERAGE FOOTBALL TEAM WITH VERY AVERAGE COACHES HE GOES TO TENNESSEE OR GEORGIA!

Southside High School Observer

May 11th, 2010
10:33 pm

This kid, Robert Trotter, has been performing a little bit under the radar screen also down here on the Southside. I have been watching him since his freshman year. He’s an athlete and a coach’s dream. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aE2G0mf4YMg