- William Wilkerson, RecruitingNation
The Longhorns aren’t completely done adding commitments in 2013 and are only six commitments deep in 2014. But that hasn’t stopped them from trying to get a jump on 2015 recruits.
That’s right, Texas, a program that, until August, hadn’t offered juniors until February of their junior year, have offered 2015 defensive tackle Daylon Mack (Gladewater, Texas/Gladewater).
Longhorns offensive line coach Stacy Searels stopped by the school to inform Gladewater coach Jerrod Baugh that Texas has offered the 6-foot-1, 305-pound road-grader with 4.9 40-yard dash speed.
“Daylon has a chance to be a really good football player,” Baugh said. “Of course with his size and speed at his age is very rare. That’s one thing that I am sure all of these guys see. That’s rare for him being as young as he is and they wanted to get a jump on the recruiting process I am sure.”
Texas wasn’t even the first program to offer. Old rival, Texas A&M, beat them to the punch. But it’s only a matter of time before numerous other programs join the mix for one of the state’s top sophomores.
“For as big of a kid as he is it’s just odd for him to be able to run as well as he does,” Baugh said. “He’s a 4.9 40 [-yard dash] guy weighing over 300 pounds. You just don’t find many of those guys around.
“Going by what these recruiters say, defensive linemen are one of the hardest positions to recruit just because the way offenses are in the spread. You need a big guy that can run inside and they are just hard to find. I feel like he is just one they want to get a jump on.”
Baugh is experienced in dealing with the recruitment of big time athletes. He was at Longview when Oklahoma signed Malcolm Kelly and Trent Williams, and when Texas signed Vondrell McGee. He’s spoken to Mack about what this process is going to be like.
“We’ve had several conversations about it,” Baugh said. “I’ve been lucky enough at Longview to have a chance to go through several kids signing big scholarships. I spoke to him about my knowledge of how crazy it will get and that kind of thing. He thinks he is ready but he doesn’t really realize what all it’s going to be. He’ll look back on it and it will be one of the funnest times of his life.”
Not only does Mack take care of business on the field, but he also does in the classroom where Baugh said he is an A-B Honor Roll student.
“Really good kid,” Baugh said. “His mom and dad have done a really good job of raising him. He’s really well mannered. I would be surprised if he isn’t completely qualified by the end of his junior year. That’s another reason why these guys have already jumped on him because of the work in the classroom speaks for itself also.”
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