Mack signs with AM

Published 12:00 am Thursday, February 3, 2005

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.

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"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.