There are two types of Division I-caliber wide receivers at the high school level: those who have elite skill with technique that needs refined and those who sport both with equal impressiveness.
The latter is rare when it comes to prep receiver prospects, and Bishop Luers junior Austin Mack is one of them.
Mack has seen his recruitment surge this summer, with offers coming from Ohio State, Michigan and Notre Dame in June. The trio of powers joins Bowling Green and Cincinnati as programs who have officially offered a scholarship.
The feedback is the same everywhere Mack goes. His skill set and technique are developed way beyond his age.
“I am a 6-2, 205-pound receiver that can run a 4.4 (40-yard dash) that can also stop on a curl,” Mack said. “If you can route run you can separate yourself from a lot of people.”
In Florida last month for the IMG 7v7 National Championships, Mack excelled while also taking note of other highly-recruited wideouts.
“A lot of those guys couldn't run a route to save their lives, but they stood out in other ways with their athleticism.” Mack said. “I can do the little things to gain separation (on defenders).”
Last season, Mack caught 57 passes for 805 yards and three touchdowns for the Knights, who struggled all season offensively while going 2-10.
Mack is rated as a four-star recruit and the top player in Indiana in the Class of 2016 by 247sports.com, a national Internet recruiting service.
The initial excitement from the increasing recruiting momentum has begun to wear off, although more surprises are surely in store for Mack.
“When I first got to Ohio State I was on cloud nine to the max,” Mack said. “Now, I am becoming more mature about the situation. I am just blessed and happy, I have to keep working.”
The most recent offer came from the Fighting Irish during a camp stop last week.
“I was killing it,” said Mack about his workout in South Bend. “One-on-ones, drills, I was doing everything they wanted me to.
“During the day, (Notre Dame offensive coordinator Mike Denbrock) said, 'I've seen enough' and they offered me.”
Mack hopes to make some return visits in July to Michigan and Ohio State as well as visit Michigan State, a program that has yet to pull the trigger on an offer. He says Ohio State and Notre Dame are in contact the most amongst programs who have offered, with Tennessee speaking to him as well.
Mack hopes to continue to improve and prep for his junior season with Bishop Luers.
“I want to have 1,500 to 2,000 receiving yards,” said Mack about his goals this year. “I want to have a big year and hopefully we can win a state championship.
“We are going to be really solid this year.”