Calhoun County OL Eric Mack (6-4 310) was not chosen for the South Carolina Shrine Bowl team announced Thursday, a stunning decision considering Mack is regarded among the nation's top linemen. The omission raises the question of whether politics once again seaped in to the selection process.
Mack isn't the first heavily recruited player over the years not to make the Shrine Bowl team. Demetrius Summers and Syvelle Newton are two other famous examples. One source said the offensive staff wanted smaller, quicker offensive linemen for this team. Perhaps that also explains the omission of Clemson commitment OL Kalon Davis who weighs in at around 350 pounds. Mack will play in the North-South Game and the Under Armour All America Game.
Meantime, his recruiting continues despite his commitment to USC. A source said "his USC commitment is still good. I think he's solid. But he wants to have something to compare. He wants to have some fun. He's looking to play as a freshman."
Mack has taken an official visit to Auburn and will take one to Clemson November 6th. "Clemson has made him a priority," the source said. "Rumph is coming after him hard. They talk weekly." Mack will also set official visits with USC and Kentucky.
He was at the USC-Vanderbilt game and plans to attend USC's final home games with Florida and Clemson. And he will go to Auburn for the Alabama game if his team is not in the state championship game that day.