The East Texas region does not produce FBS prospects in the sheer numbers that the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex and Greater Houston regions produce, but the Piney Woods definitely hold their own in the per capita department.
East Texas is a mostly rural region with its largest town, Tyler, around 100,000 in population. Next is Longview with about 80,000. After that, there's not a town with more than 40,000 people.
Considering that, it's pretty incredible the number and quality of players the region produces each year. The 2015 cycle is stacked at the top with five-star defensive tackle Daylon Mack (pictured above), who is Scout's No. 3 defensive tackle and No. 9 overall recruit nationally.
Texas A&M and Baylor have done well recruiting East Texas the past couple of years and the 2015 class continues that theme. The Aggies have commitments from three of the top four players, while Baylor has pledges from a pair of four-star prospects.
Led by Mack, here's a look at the East Texans in Scout.com's updated Midlands Region Top 150 rankings for the 2015 class:
No. 3 -- Daylon Mack, DT, Gladewater -- committed to Texas A&M
No. 10 -- Justin Dunning, S, Whitehouse -- committed to Texas A&M
No. 11 -- Kris Boyd, CB, Gilmer
No. 35 -- Larry Pryor, S, Sulphur Springs -- committed to Texas A&M
No. 50 -- Roney Elam, S, Newton (plans to commit Friday, Aug. 15)
No. 51 -- Blake Lynch, WR/S, Gilmer -- committed to Baylor
No. 55 -- JaMycal Hasty, RB, Longview -- committed to Baylor
No. 107 -- Erik McCoy, OG, Lufkin
No. 130 -- Keke Coutee, WR, Lufkin
Here's how the committed players on this East Texas list break down by school:
Texas A&M -- 3
Baylor -- 2
Houston -- 1
Oklahoma State -- 1
TCU -- 1