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Chris Mack Is Already Offering Elite Recruits As Louisville Head Coach

Chris Mack with his mouth wide open

CINCINNATI, OH - FEBRUARY 28: Head coach Chris Mack of the Xavier Musketeers reacts in the first half of a game against the Providence Friars at Cintas Center on February 28, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Xavier won 84-74 to claim the Big East Conference regular season title. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Chris Mack has only been Louisville's head coach for a few hours. He's wasting no time on the recruiting trail.

Mack is taking over the program after it spent the year under interim head coach David Padgett. Rick Pitino was fired just weeks before the season after being connected to the FBI's investigation into corruption in college basketball.

Padgett did a solid job, taking a team facing tremendous adversity to the precipice of the NCAA Tournament. However, Louisville bet on itself as a top destination for coaches, even amid turmoil, and it was right.

Mack comes over from Xavier with a 212-96 career record and eight NCAA Tournament appearances in nine years. He reached the Elite Eight in 2017, and Xavier was a No. 1 seed for the first time in program history this year.

Chris Mack has already extended offers to three blue-chip recruits.

He hasn't even had his inaugural press conference as Cardinals head coach, and he's hitting the ground running on the trail. His first target: five-star forward Keion Brooks.

Brooks is the No. 22 player in the country. The Fort Wayne native is the top player from Indiana, and he's the No. 6 small forward in the class. Michigan State is considered the favorite, with 67-percent of the 247 crystal ball predictions. Indiana has the remaining third of votes. Mack had previously offered him while at Xavier. A few minutes later, four-star small forward Kahlil Whitney announced that he's been offered. He did not have a Xavier offer.

Whitney is the No. 56 player in the class of 2019, and the No. 16 small forward. He stars at Roselle Catholic in New Jersey, and is the fourth-ranked player in the Garden State.

Only BIReports' Dain Ervin has cast a prediction for Whitney. He has him heading to Illinois.

Minutes after Whitney's tweet, Jason Delaney, head coach of Indianapolis's Cathedral High School, announced that his star guard Armaan Franklin received a new offer from Louisville. Franklin has retweeted Delaney's post.

Franklin is a bit more under the radar, and doesn't have a composite ranking. 247 is high on him with its own rankings, slotting him in as the No. 105 player in the class.

The site also has him ranked No. 13 among combo guards. He's the fourth-ranked Indiana recruit. Mack had previously offered at Xavier.

Notably, all three of these recruits are in the 2019 class. Louisville does not yet have a commit in that group, and has an empty 2018 class as well after the FBI scandal broke.

Chris Mack has plenty of work to do to secure the future of the Cards program. It's a good sign that he's jumping on things right away.