April 6, 2009

Auburn feels like home to 4-star OT

St. Matthews (S.C.) Calhoun County offensive tackle Eric Mack admitted to not knowing a lot about Auburn.

But when the 6-foot-4, 315-pounder received an offer from the Tigers earlier this year, he knew he needed to find out more.

Monday, Mack did just that, visiting the AU campus. It turned about to be an informative and worthwhile visit.

"Everything went well," Mack said. "I learned a lot about Auburn that I didn't know before. As far as academics, I like what they're doing with their players with tutoring and study sessions.

"Everything is nice. It seems like a place I could develop myself."

In addition to touring AU's campus and the athletic facilities, Mack met with a number of assistants including offensive line coach Jeff Grimes, tight ends and special teams coach Jay Boulware, who recruits the Palmetto State, and receivers coach Trooper Taylor.

"(Coach Grimes') style meshes with the way I play because I need somebody to push me and make me better," Mack said. "Me and him made a good connection.

"(Coach Trooper) is crazy but he's down-to-earth and will tell you how it really is."

One of the things the AU coaches stressed with Mack was the opportunity for early playing time.

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