Monday, July 29, 2013
Texas hoping season sways 2015 DT Mack
By Max Olson
ESPN Junior 300 defensive tackle Daylon Mack (Gladewater, Texas/Gladewater) didn’t reach some grand realization on Saturday about his feelings for Texas. He didn’t need one.
The No. 1 prospect in the state of Texas for the 2015 class attended Texas Stampede knowing exactly where things stand and what it will take for him to sway his allegiance toward the Longhorns. The answer?
Mack has long had Texas A&M atop his list, and LSU recently joined the Aggies at the top. For the 6-foot-2, 307-pound defensive lineman to seriously consider committing to Texas, he wants to see results this fall.
“Going into the visit, I already knew where I stand with coach Mack Brown and coach Bo Davis,” Mack said. “They were telling me I should be patient and take my time, and I should decide after the season.”
Mack hasn’t been shy when asked what the Longhorns can prove to him this fall. A season of 10 or more victories would get his attention. He got to take a long look at how the team is coming along Saturday morning, when Stampede visitors checked out a high-intensity UT weightlifting session.
“They looked like a team that will win 10-plus games,” Mack said. “They were really working hard and looked like they were ready for the season to start today.”
For Mack, one of the big reasons for attending Stampede was a chance to spend more time with Brown and Davis. He said Davis, the third-year defensive tackles coach, is by far one of the best coaches and recruiters he’s gotten to know during this process.
And as expected, the two coaches -- as well as the rest of the staff -- showed Mack a lot of love on Saturday.
The sales pitch Brown had for Mack and the rest of the uncommitted recruits in attendance was pretty simple.
“He was saying they’re getting ready to have a big season, and that we should be patient and watch what they do this season,” Mack said.
The No. 10 prospect in the ESPN Junior 300 also looked forward to spending time with the two members of his “Fab Five” pact in attendance.
Longview (Texas) running back Ja’Mycal Hasty and Mesquite (Texas) Poteet linebacker Malik Jefferson joined Mack in Austin. He was happy to learn Hasty landed a Texas offer at the start of the day, and they stuck together for a good portion of the visit.
Mack doesn’t have any more visits in the works for the rest of the summer, but he is beginning to consider his options for fall visits. He’s not sure when he’ll make it to a Texas home game but would like to make the drive to Dallas to attend Texas vs. Oklahoma in October.
Mack said he had “a lot of fun” during his Stampede visit, but where does this trip put the Longhorns on his list? On that question, he’s decided he’ll be a bit more coy going forward.
“I don’t really have any order to the top of my list,” Mack said. “So, let’s just say I’m definitely considering them.”