AU Visit "Exceeds Expectations" For Mack

5-star defensive tackle and Texas A&M commitment Daylon Mack discusses his visit to check out the Auburn Tigers.

Gladewater, Tex.--Rated the No. 2 defensive tackle in the country for the 2015 recruiting class by, big Daylon Mack made a trip over the weekend to check out Gus Malzahn and the Auburn Tigers. Committed to Texas A&M, but wanting to get a better look at Auburn, Mack spent two nights in Auburn and came away impressed by everything he saw and heard.

"I didn't see anything that surprised me," Mack tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "They did exceed my expectations. I expected it to be a great visit, and it was.

"They are number two behind Texas A&M," he added. "I need to get back up there and get more familiar with the coaching staff. It was just my first visit, but I'll definitely be coming back."

Wanting to get a feel for the campus, the coaching staff and the team, Mack said he enjoyed getting to know some of the players on the team including a talented freshman defensive tackle that came in last season and made an impact for the Auburn defense.

"It was great," Mack said. "When I first got there I hung out with Montravius Adams. He kind took me under his wing and showed me around. He was like a big brother to me and I really liked that.

"Then I got a chance to meet Coach Malzahn for the first time and that was pretty nice. He brought me into his office and just talked to me and my mom. It was him and his wife. I spent most of my time with Coach (J.B.) Grimes and Coach (Rodney) Garner after that."

One of the biggest draws to Auburn for Mack was Malzahn. Impressed by what he saw from the Tigers in 2013, the big tackle said that getting to meet with the head coach and sit down with him in his office was a highlight of his visit.

"I was really impressed with him," Mack said. "That was really a dream come true, getting a chance to talk to the guy that just had the season he had. It was really special to me."

Also spending time with the guy who would be his future position coach if he made the flip from the Aggies to the Tigers, Mack said what Garner has been able to accomplish and the guys he has coached made a big impression on him.

"He was real nice," Mack said. "He showed me a video of past guys he has coached. He has a great track record and has coached guys like Charles Johnson and Geno Atkins, and I kind of picture myself like him. Neither of us are real tall, but we're about the same style of player."

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