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2023 4-Star S King Mack Commits to Penn State

Penn State got its 16th commit of the 2023 cycle and its second safety commit in less than a week early Thursday afternoon when King Mack, a four-star safety from St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, announced his pledge to Penn State.

Mack is a 5-foot-10, 175-pounder who is teammates with another Penn State commit, fellow safety Conrad Hussey, who committed in April.

 247 Sports’ Southeast Recruiting Analyst Andrew Ivins wrote a scouting report on Mack last month, and in the report, described Mack as “the football version of a five-tool center fielder.”

Although Ivins wrote that Mack “lacks the ideal height/weight combo,” he feels Mack “makes up for his smaller frame with his speed, instincts, ball skills, physicality and leadership qualities.”

“As a junior,” Ivins wrote, “(Mack) worked mostly out of a two-deep safety look and thrived, picking off four passes for a storied St. Thomas Aquinas program, which captured a state title in Florida’s second-highest classification. Ability to get to the deeper third of the field or from hash to hash in the snap of a finger is rare.”

All four of Mack’s crystal ball projections had him picking Penn State. His final two choices were Penn State and Michigan State, and beating out a prominent Big Ten East rival is unquestionably satisfying for Penn State.

Mack, with a rating of (0.9092)  according to 247Sports’ composite numbers, is Penn State’s fifth-highest rated commit, ahead of DaKaari Nelson (0.9084), another safety, who committed this past Saturday.

Penn State now has three four-star safeties committed to its 2023 class, which speaks well of safeties coach/co-defensive coordinator Anthony Poindexter and the entire coaching staff. 

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