MYRTLE BEACH - Eric Mack was getting a heavy dose of the Floridas, South Carolinas and Oklahomas shoved down his throat.
Everybody, it seemed, wanted a piece of the 6-foot-4, 315-pound Calhoun County offensive linemen.
But what many didn't know about Mack - who is preparing for Saturday's North-South All-Star football game - was that the pressure that comes with making a college decision pales in comparison to what he faces every day.
Mack's daughter, Kaliyah, will celebrate her second birthday next week. So for the highly touted player, his senior year has been as much about family as it has football.
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"That's a big responsibility," Mack said. "And I just gotta do what I gotta do to make sure she is in the (best) position possible."
Part of that responsibility led Mack to commit to South Carolina. He said he picked USC - he will be able to sign in February - to remain close to Orangeburg, where Kaliyah lives with her mother.
It hasn't stopped other schools - including Florida, Auburn and Oklahoma - from continuing their recruitment. And it hasn't stopped Mack from keeping a scheduled visit with Florida in January.
But that has more to do with simply wanting to take advantage of the process, he said
Calhoun County defensive back Dante Stewart, who also will be playing for the South squad on Saturday, said Mack has done more to bring in college recruiters than anyone, specifically for the purpose of getting some of his teammates noticed.
That is something Stewart said defines Mack's style.
"What I've seen from Eric is a straight-up, grown-man attitude - and a leader," Stewart said. "He does nothing without putting his whole heart into it. When it comes to schoolwork, football work, anything, he puts everything into it to get it accomplished."
For the time being, that plan appears to be keeping Mack on a path to Columbia - and close to his little girl.
It's a far cry from his original plan.
"At first, I was thinking about committing to any school and just waiting until the season was over and de-committing," he said. "But then, the commitment to South Carolina wasn't like that. I really liked Carolina."