Austin Mack Learns From Heisman Hopeful Michael Penix Jr.

Austin Mack Learns From Heisman Hopeful Michael Penix Jr.

Four-star quarterback and Washington commit Austin Mack hasn’t been taking his decision to reclassify lightly. In order for the 17-year-old standout to move from the 2024 to the 2023 recruiting class, he’s been getting ahead both academically and athletically. 

In order to graduate an entire year early from Folsom High School, the California native had to tack on an additional three online classes to an already packed six-class schedule. He had to study for hours after school and on weekends, and when he wasn’t busy doing that, the rest of his time was spent working out with a personal trainer. The 6’6” Mack put on 15 pounds of muscle, from 210 to 225 lbs, fortifying his already intimidating build.

And as of June 17, he’s started his grind in Seattle. Head Coach Kalen DeBoer’s plan is for Mack to study Husky starting quarterback, Heisman Trophy contender and No. 1 passer in the nation, Michael Penix Jr. The parallels between Penix and Mack are profound — on Mack’s unofficial visit to Washington earlier this year, offensive coordinator Ryan Grubb prepared a side-by-side clip series comparing their similar play styles.

Things are moving fast for Mack, and he’s certainly been pushing the pace even harder by putting in the work this spring and summer. Come fall football, Optimal Sports is looking forward to supporting him with the Huskies!