The last time Fort Wayne (Ind.) Bishop Luers wide receiver Austin Mack visited Indiana he was auditioning for what would become the class of 2016 prospect's first college scholarship offer. On Saturday, Mack returned to Bloomington to see the Hoosiers play host to Missouri.
"That was my first IU game and my second college game, actually," Mack said. "I got there a couple hours before [kickoff] and got to be around all the fans and around the players in pre-game.
"The hype of college football, that's what I liked the most. We were right next to the players when they walked out for the game and the energy was crazy. That's what I loved the most. Overall I just had a great time."
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The 6-foot-2, 185-pound Mack picked up his offer from Indiana after performing at a team camp in June. He was able to reconnect with the coaches who were responsible for evaluating him when he was on campus Saturday.
"I didn't really get to talk to Coach [Kevin] Wilson, but I did get to Coach [Kevin] Johns and his assistant, Coach Carter [Whitson]," Mack said. "They are both really great people. I enjoyed them and they enjoyed me. Hopefully I can keep that connection through the next couple years and we'll see how things go."
Mack now holds offers from both Indiana and Cincinnati, and he has continued to draw new interest from schools during the course of his sophomore season.
"Just recently Notre Dame asked me to come up on a visit to see the Notre Dame-Michigan State game, but I had IU planned," Mack said. "I scheduled with them to be able to go to the Notre Dame-USC game. I am real excited to see that game.
"Two other schools that sent questionnaires were Oregon and Penn State. I was pretty happy about [those]. Oregon is pretty far, but that was pretty cool."
The Notre Dame visit is the only one Mack has planned now, but he is open to seeing other schools this fall and specifically mentioned a desire to attend a Michigan and a Michigan State game.
Mack is playing wide receiver and safety for a Bishop Luers squad that had to replace a lot of their starters from a state championship team in 2012. On the season Mack has recorded 16 catches in four games.