Just when you thought the recruiting season had peaked for the time being, this morning Pat Narduzzi sent out a tweet that caught fans of two programs off guard:
Mack had not previously announced any intent to transfer from Indiana, nor were there any credible rumors being circulated about his departure. Indiana SB Nation blog Crimson Quarry ran their version of this story with the headline “Indiana wideout Taysir Mack is transferring to Pitt, Apparently” and the announcement was not preceded by the typical Pat Signal herald from Coach Narduzzi’s twitter.
Mack (6’2’’, 200lb) played a fair bit at Indiana in his freshman season, having three touchdowns, three games with six or more catches and two 100-yard games (against Charleston Southern and Purdue) to his name. He originally committed to Rutgers before flipping to Indiana in a recruitment led by current Pitt Offensive Quality Control Coach James Patton. In the statement tweeted out by Narduzzi, he mentions the relationship between both Patton and Pitt Offensive Coordinator Shawn Watson (both former Indiana coaches).
Mack will sit out the 2018 season and be eligible for the following two. He joins all-name-teamer Shocky Jacques-Louis and Cameron O’Neil as incoming wideouts who have officially signed on in the past two days. With early signing day in the rearview, this really should be the end of recruiting news for the time being - but considering how this came out of nowhere, who really knows.