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Deacon Spotlight: Daniel Mack
Posted Feb 17, 2012
While Daniel Mack was rounding off his senior season of high school football in 2009, nearly 25 scholarship offers rolled in from across the country. Now a redshirt sophomore at Wake Forest the 6-0, 200-pound free safety has made it successfully through intense recruitment, a major injury and moderate climate change.
"I started playing football in sixth grade,"
said. "But even before my first year of playing I was watching it, and I knew I wanted to play."
A 2009 graduate of Dade-Christian High School in Miami, Fla., Mack had an impressive list of scholarship opportunities.
"I had offers from Clemson, Ole Miss, BC, Rutgers, FIU, UCF and a bunch others," he said.
But despite offers within his home state and even hometown, Mack still pursued WFU as his best option.
"Wake just had the best combination of everything I was looking for when it came to the standard of the academics and athletics; moving forward to the coaching staff, then most importantly my teammates-the people I’d be spending the next four or five years with. When I came for my visit I could feel the love and see the connection. I could see the love that the Wake Forest family presents."
Despite a smooth overall adjustment to Wake, there’s one thing the Floridian had to work on.
"It's interesting," he said. "I would say in Florida the way that Florida treats high school football is the way that the nation treats college football. It's just so much hype around it. I can’t even put the words to it. It’s just so much more around it from the standpoint of excitement, and college football is that way, so it wasn’t too hard of a transition.
"The biggest difference has definitely been in the weather. Playing in Florida in the sunshine all the time it’s a lot once you get up here and are playing, and then have to travel to Boston, and up north week-to-week."
Mack participated in all 12 games as a redshirt freshman despite an injury during the 2009 season.
"I tore my PCL in my first year; it doesn't bother me now at all," he explained.
Mack described his most memorable moment as a Deac.
"My best memory of being a Deac was the my first collegiate start against Presbyterian," he explained. "I felt like that was an official start; like, 'OK, I'm playing college football, I'm part of a college team, I'm a Demon Deacon on the field and representing so many people.'"
Mack discussed his time hosting a now committed defensive end in the 2012 class.
"I hosted Tylor Harris from Baton Rouge," he said. "That was a good time, and he commited to us; he's a good guy to be around. I think he committed for same reasons I did."
As for the lessons he's learned from teammates since becoming a Deac he said, "I've learned so many. I guess one of the simplest things that’s instilled in me I got from being around my teammates–hard work pays off. You get out of it what you put into it."
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