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Mack lands Michigan offer

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Class of 2016 wide receiver Austin Mack added an offer from Ohio State last week, then grabbed one from their Big Ten rival Michigan after a camp in Ann Arbor on Monday.
"It started off with a morning practice and then one in the evening," Mack said of his Michigan camp experience. "I performed really well in the morning one and Coach Heck (Jeff Hecklinski), the receivers coach, he already loved me. He gave me that hint that he would love to offer me, but it was all up to Coach (Brady) Hoke.
"At the afternoon practice we went to the Big House and did one-on-ones. Coach Hoke was there and he saw me and really liked me. After the work out he said to me, 'You have 115,000 people and you're in the corner of the end zone - are you going to catch it or are you going to choke?' I said of course, I'm a playmaker and that's what we do."
Mack's performance, and presumably his answer to Hoke's question, led to an offer later that day from the Wolverines. His experience on campus and with the coaching staff also endeared him further to the University.
"Academically Michigan is a great place, and it is the Big House," Mack said. "The Big House, when you walk down the (tunnel) coming onto the field it is huge. It is a great place, a beautiful place and I know they are going to do renovations soon so it is going to be even better.
"Coach Heck, me and him bonded great. He is a great guy and knew what he was talking about. Me and him were together the whole day just meshing and building a better relationship."
With the offer, Michigan finds themselves battling their on-field rival for the top spot on the 6-foot-2, 185-pound junior's list.
"Offers from Ohio State and Michigan have changed my recruitment," Mack said. "Michigan and Ohio State are two great schools that I really like. I have a great connection with the coaches from both programs.
"Right now it is down to those two and I'm going to keep them even. I'm not eliminating anyone else, but I'm saying those are my top two right now."
A commitment, however, is not expected from Mack until the summer after his junior year and he does have his eye on adding more offers.
"Hopefully some schools down south (offer)," he said. "I have always enjoyed Tennessee. I am going to Alabama in July and I've gotten some love from Coach (Billy) Napier, the receivers coach, there."
Notre Dame is another school that would rank high with Mack if they offered, but he will be unable to attend their Irish Invasion Camp this Friday due to his 7-on-7 team flying to Florida for a tournament.
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