Austin Mack’s father served in the Marines, so he was raised with the values and character that come with being from a military family.
It’s those same values and character that led him to select the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
“After seeing how the Army Bowl has more tradition and meaning, it seemed like the right thing to do,” said Mack, who received his jersey as part of the Selection Tour presented by American Family Insurance. “I wanted to represent myself in a game based off character and those values.”
Mack, a four-star wide receiver from Bishop Luers (Fort Wayne, Ind.), knows his participation is a blessing and an even greater opportunity for him to show off his talents and abilities alongside and against the best the nation has to offer.
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It’s not like he needs to, though. Mack is already committed to Urban Meyer and Ohio State.
“(They) were the best fit and best choice for me and my family,” Mack told USA TODAY High School Sports. “(Meyer) was real with me and made the process a lot easier.”
The Buckeyes are loaded with talent at the wide receiver position, and it’s that talent that motivates and excites Mack for his future in the scarlet and gray.
“I feel like I’ll have to compete each day and I’m excited to have the opportunity to be in that situation,” Mack said.
The 6-2, 205-pound receiver’s focus isn’t diverted from his senior season and the goals he still wants to accomplish in high school.
“My focus is strictly with (my high school team) and doing what I can,” Mack said. “I have one goal and that’s a state championship, and until that’s done or completed, the mindset is just that.”
Mack cited his family as his main motivation, saying that he knows his talents can change his whole family and it’s all dependent on his future.
“I’m trying to use this as a platform to carry my family. Knowing that I have a pedestal I can use to meet new people and create opportunities down the road is great.”
Talk about character and values.