AU lands top prospect

When South Carolina high school offensive lineman Eric Mack said Tuesday night he was no longer committed to the home-state Gamecocks and scheduled a press conference for only a few hours later, recruiting observers knew something was up.

Mack announced Wednesday that he planned to sign with Auburn, giving the Tigers a key pickup late in the recruiting process in a geographic areat that is tough to penetrate.

“It’s a family atmostphere down there,” Mack told  “They all treated me like I was already part of the team.”

The 6-4, 315-pounder projects as a guard at the college level; ranks hiim as the 10th-best prospect at his position in the country.  Mack is Auburn’s 23rd verbal commitment.

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