A: Mack took a visit to see Auburn and said some complimentary things about the program around the time the offer was made, but it was my opinion even at that time that he would be almost impossible to swipe away from Texas A&M. A&M was the longtime leader before he pulled the trigger on his decision, so even though he is still just in his junior year he took his time with actually pulling the trigger on that commitment. anything can happen in recruiting, but it would be a big shock to me if Mack ended up anywhere but A&M.
Q: With the hiring of Clay Jennings Arkansas seems to be wanting to put more of a focus on recruiting in Texas. Can they be successful?
A: I definitely think Arkansas can have success in the Lone Star, it has always been able to find talent in the state in the past as have other regional schools like Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma State and Oklahoma. They already hold a 2015 commit from the state's top center, Zach Rogers. They signed a Scout300 four-star in Jovan Pruitt a year ago. I think a stronger emphasis will bear fruit. But this is a program I think is strong in other areas as well. Missouri, Oklahoma, Georgia and Florida seem to be hot spots for them. I personally feel the best classes will have a mix, and obviously the stronger the in-state crop the better off the Hogs will be.
Q: What camps should a prospect attend?
A: That is a great question and I get asked it a lot. Each recruitment and process is individual and unique. It kind of depends on where you are at and who you are hearing from. First off, I would check with the high school coach for recommendations and dates of good events outside of the team events and camps. I like the Next Level Athlete and NFTC as far as prospect camps go. Both have video colleges can acquire. Bear in mind not every prospect is at the same stage of development. There are camps like the National Underclassman that they can attend and I actually recommend it at early prep stages to get a handle on what testing is about and to see where and how you need to improve at it. The college hosted camps are ideal for recruitments, because of the chance to get one-on-one interaction with the coaches and prospects. I recommend those the most often.
Q: My son is a 2016 prospect. When will he be included in the rankings?
A: Technically there have not really been any 2016 rankings released. The prospects you see with stars next to their names are on a 2016 watchlist that was last updated in the Fall of 2013. So do not worry if you do not see a good prospect listed or rated yet. That being said when rankings are updated in that class it will be the Scout300 prospects who are ranked first, as rankings are released in waves and not done all at once.