State’s top junior pledges to A&M

Posted October 21st, 2013


Three days after landing one of state’s top 2014 recruits, Texas A&M has done it again. On Monday the Aggies received a verbal commitment from 2015 defensive tackle Daylon Mack, the No. 1 overall junior in the state.

Mack will follow 2014 Arlington Martin defensive end Myles Garrett, who committed to A&M on Friday, to College Station in hopes of turning around a defense that’s allowing nearly 34 points per game this season.

Though he won’t step foot on campus for nearly two years, Mack, like Garrett, already appears to possess the physical tools to be able contribute immediately.

Mack burst onto the scene as a sophomore when he totaled 62 tackles, 16 tackles for loss and six sacks for Gladewater High School. His production combined with his speed and huge 6-foot-2, 310-pound frame earned him scholarship offers from Texas A&M, Texas, Alabama, LSU and a host of other elite Division 1 programs before his junior year of high school.

The Aggies were always thought to be the frontrunner for Mack, who 247Sports composite rankings list as the No. 7 overall player in the country. Texas turned up the heat on the five-star defensive tackle over the summer, and LSU came on strong late, but neither was able to overtake surging Texas A&M.

The addition of Mack gives the Aggies four pledges in their 2015 class. The group, who won’t sign a binding letter of intent until February 2015, is ranked fifth in the country by 247Sports.

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