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Friday, July 19, 2013
LSU offer a big one for ESPN 300 DT Mack

By Max Olson

The LSU coaching staff told ESPN Junior 300 defensive tackle Daylon Mack (Gladewater, Texas/Gladewater) to give them a call at 5 p.m. on Friday. They had good news.

Mack, the No. 1 prospect in Texas and No. 10 in the nation for 2015, received an offer from LSU. Make no mistake, this one was a big deal to Mack.

Daylon Mack
ESPN Junior 300 DT Daylon Mack said Texas A&M should "definitely be worried" about his LSU offer.
“This offer is definitely a game-changer in my recruiting process,” he said. “It’s the offer I’ve been the happiest to receive so far.”

The 6-foot-2, 307-pound tackle said LSU is now in his top six, along with Texas A&M, Texas, Florida State, Clemson and TCU. In fact, the Tigers are right near the top of that list now.

“They’re already at the top with A&M, and I haven’t even visited yet,” he said. “I can’t imagine what it’ll be like when I do. I can’t wait to get out there.”

Mack, who initially reached out to the Tigers staff earlier this month to express his interest, has been talking extensively with LSU assistants Frank Wilson and Brick Haley for the past week.

He had a feeling this offer was coming. Following his appearance at TCU camp on Friday, Mack got on the phone with the LSU staff as he left Fort Worth. Les Miles came on the line and delivered the offer.

“It was definitely surreal,” Mack said. “Talking to a coach of that caliber is crazy and just a blessing. That was one of the highlights of my recruiting process so far.”

What has Mack so excited about LSU, even though he’s never been on campus? First, LSU is a five-hour drive from Gladewater, making it not that much further from home than longtime leader Texas A&M or Texas.

But the Tigers’ tradition of producing NFL-caliber defensive tackles matters much more to Mack.

“They’re a defensive tackle factory,” he said. “Playing for Les Miles would be a dream come true. This is no doubt a blessing. I feel like the happiest man in the world.”

Mack said he’s going to talk with his parents about planning a trip to Baton Rouge, but it likely won’t come until an unofficial visit for a home game this fall.

When asked what this means for the rest of the teams on his list, Mack said Texas A&M should “definitely be worried about LSU.”

He nearly committed to the Aggies on multiple occasions this summer, but Mack says days like today make him especially glad he held off and reopened his process.

“With LSU, they’ve definitely got a big chance to get me now,” Mack said.