Is Alex Mack going pro early?
Cal has just opened up recruitment of offensive center Dominic Galas from Modesto, California. Cal already has three centers on the roster right now: Alex Mack, Chris Guarnero, and Todd Huber. Why would Cal begin a late recruitment of a 4th center? Most teams usually carry three pure centers. Having four is definitely a little unusual. Maybe Cal is anticipating Alex Mack on checking out early.
If Alex Mack goes pro early, Cal would lose 3 starting offensive linemen: LT Gibson, LG De La Puente, and C Alex Mack. Losing Mack would be huge but I do think Chris Guarnero can be a more than adequate replacement. While I was with the team, what did stand out to me was Guarnero’s solid work ethic and willingness to learn. He was the kind of guy that was always giving 100% physical effort, and 100% mental concentration. Guarnero was also one to ask questions, showing that he was thinking about his blocking assignments. Let’s not forgot that the coaching staff was seriously considering moving Alex Mack to tackle prior to the season. That move would have put Guarnero into the starting center spot. If the coaching staff was willing to move Mack and thus have Guarnero start, then they obviously must be impressed enough with his knowledge of the offense, knowledge of defenses, and ability to block.
So, is Mack going pro early? While nothing is official, it sure seems like Tedford & Co. are making preparations for his absense.