Thursday, April 18, 2013
Clear-cut leader for 2015 DT Daylon Mack
By Sam Khan Jr. and William Wilkerson
Daylon Mack's second trip to Texas A&M reinforced some of the feelings he had the first time he ventured to Aggieland.
And because of that, he's beginning to feel like he knows what his future holds.
Mack, the 6-foot-2, 307-pound defensive tackle from Gladewater (Texas) High School said back in February that after his visit to Texas A&M for the Aggies' first junior day of the year that he considered committing, but decided to hold off after his parents advised him not to rush into a decision.
Then when the 2015 standout visited Texas for the Longhorns' spring game, Texas made enough of an impression to pull even with the Aggies.
Mack returned to College Station, Texas, on Saturday for Texas A&M's Maroon-and-White spring game. And now, things are back like they were a couple months ago.
"[The Texas visit] went pretty good," Mack said. "It was a great visit. It brought A&M and Texas even after that visit, but going back to A&M, A&M took the lead again."
The reason the Aggies have regained the edge in the race for Mack are multiple. Among the factors that stand out to the East Texas product are A&M's conference and how the Aggies compete in practice.
"Texas is a good school but I saw how they were competing," Mack said. "I watched both of their spring games, and the way they competed it was completely different. I want to be able to compete like [A&M does], so that's what it was."
When it comes to the conference, Mack said he wants to play in what's considered the best league in the country.
"Just the feel, the SEC atmosphere they're in, I love playing in that," Mack said. "I want to play in the best conference, I want to compete against the best players, and that's what A&M brings to the table."
Mack's next visit is coming up on Saturday to SMU. Because of his strong feelings toward the Aggies, he might not take any more visits, he said.
"I feel like I'll be shutting it down pretty soon," Mack said. "SMU might be my last visit."
If Mack were to follow through on his feelings and make a commitment to the Aggies in the coming weeks, he would be their first commitment in the 2015 class. Texas A&M was the first program to offer Mack, doing so last fall.
"I just feel good being around them," Mack said. "They feel like the perfect school being in the SEC in Texas and they are an upward going program right now. It just feels like I would make the right decision."