Mack signs with AM
With National Signing Day quickly approaching, a member of Greenville Tigers is one of the proud few high school athletes that take that next step. Fred Mack, the Tigers offensive tackle is planning on signing a letter of intent with the Bulldogs of Alabama A&M. He's trading in his black and gold for crimson and cream.
"I felt that they were a good school for me and my parents liked it too," said Mack.
Mack, who had been scouted all season by the Bulldogs was invited to tour the campus in January.
"I couldn't believe that they offered me a scholarship," said Mack. "I didn't know I was scouted like I had been. I found out that they were going to offer me a scholarship the day I went to visit the campus with the parents."
Mack plans to major in Physical Education and become a PE teacher.
"I hope I can make it into the NFL," said Mack.
After touring the campus, Mack was pleased with what he saw "on the hill" in Normal.
"They are a very good group of coaches that love their players and their players love them," said Mack. "I already know some of the guys that are up there and I am excited about getting to meet some new people."
Mack's signing with a college team came as no shock to Greenville football coach Alvin Briggs.
"Fred was a great player," said Briggs. "He had a little set back this year when he broke his leg in spring practice. Despite that, he turned it on ended the season really good. It's a great honor for he and his family to achieve this. It shows what kind of player he can be and should be. A&M is getting a good football player and the coaches know that. They basically offered him a scholarship on the spot and had his parents come up on the recruiting visit with him. I'd be more surprised if he wasn't offered a scholarship by anyone. Fred is going to make them a good football player."
When asked for comment, Anthony Jones, coach of the A&M Bulldogs couldn't because of NCAA rules. But, he could offer this statement: "We do plan on signing Fred. He has verbally agreed to sign with but until he does, I cant comment."
The Bulldogs are a 1-AA team and compete in the SWAC conference. They finished the season with a record of 7-4 despite opening the season with a loss. The Bulldogs hovered around the .500 mark through the first six games of the season, but then churned out a winning effort despite losing to Alabama State in the annual Magic City Classic.