AU Offer "Shakes Things Up" For 5-Star DT

Massive 5-star defensive tackle Daylon Mack is currently committed to Texas A&M, but his new offer from Auburn could change things.

Gladewater, Tex.--A five-star defensive tackle prospect and the number two player in the country at his position in the 2015 recruiting class according to Scout.com, massive Daylon Mack committed to Texas A&M last October, but still had one school he wanted to hear from. Watching as the Auburn Tigers ran through the SEC on the way to the BCS National Championship Game, Mack says he took it upon himself to get the attention of Coach Gus Malzahn and company.

On Tuesday that turned into the news he's been waiting for as the Tigers extended an offer to the 6-2, 307 upcoming senior. Although he's currently an Aggie, Mack says this news could potentially change things for him moving forward.

"I actually reached out to them," Mack tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I told my coach to send some film up there so I could get some interest and I guess Coach (Rodney) Garner liked what he saw and they gave me an offer.

"This shakes things up for me a bit," he adds. "I only wanted to reach out to Auburn. Auburn is the only school I would consider myself actually flipping to. I really wanted to reach out to them and get them in before it got too late. I plan on visiting on Feb. 22nd. It's my birthday weekend so that would be really good for me."

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While most defensive linemen talk about the position coach or even the defensive coordinator making an impact on them during recruiting, for Mack is has been Malzahn. Just watching the coach turn things around in one season has the powerful Mack liking what he sees from the former offensive coordinator.

"I was a big Gus Malzahn fan this year and the direction of their program is pretty good right now," Mack says. "They are on the rise and I think they're going to be pretty good for a long time. Coach Gus Malzahn is doing a great job and he's a coach I would like to play for.

"I just like his personality and his coaching history," he adds. "How he was at a small school. He came from the bottom to the top and that's something I really admire. It shows that he's a hard working coach. That's definitely somebody I would like to play for."

If he wound up at Auburn, Mack would be playing for Garner as part of a rotation that saw as many as 13 different players see regular time this year up front for the Tigers. That is something he says is definitely interesting when he looks at what life would be like at Auburn.

"Defensive line rotation is always big with me," Mack says. "They already have a good depth chart, but hopefully getting in and being a part of the rotation would be good for me too. That's definitely big."

Hoping to make his initial trip to the Plains later this month and also planning to visit Auburn officially this fall before enrolling at his school of choice in December, Mack says he's got some specific things in mind he wants to see from the Tigers when he arrives.

"I just want to see the family environment," Mack says. "I already know they've got a great coaching staff and they can win football games. I want to get up there and feel comfortable around the coaching staff and the people around town. I want to be able to get along with them.

"I'm going to take my time with things," he adds. "Auburn is definitely a school that I'm looking at taking an official visit to when I'm able."


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