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.