LSU pulls even with A&M for Mack

2015 DT Daylon Mack called it a "game changer" when LSU extended him an offer on Friday. Long considered a lean to Texas A&M, the Tigers are now even with the Aggies for this promising defensive lineman. He discusses why he's so high on LSU in this update.

You hear all the time about committed players helping recruit for their school. But it's far less common for one that isn't to take part in luring talent.

So was the case for 2015 DT Daylon Mack and LSU. Mack met 2015 RB Nicholas Brossette (Baton Rouge, U-High) at the Rivals Camp in Chicago earlier this summer. Mack was already interested in LSU when he started talking to Brossette about the Tigers, and that attraction grew with those conversations.

Brossette, who already has an offer from the Tigers, later went to LSU recruiting coordinator Frank Wilson and encouraged him to take a look at this 6-foot-2, 315-pound lineman from Gladewater, Texas.

It didn't take long for Wilson to check the highlight tapes for his interest to pick up. Mack first heard from Coach Wilson on July 4, and two weeks later, LSU came through with an offer.

"I was real excited," Mack said. "I had a feeling they would offer that day. I had been talking to Coach Wilson, and one day he told me to call back so I could talk to Les Miles and Brick Haley. I figured then that they were going to offer me."

The immediate reaction from Mack was positive. Considered by most analysts to be a heavy lean to Texas A&M, Mack said LSU has pulled even with the Aggies at this early stage in his recruitment.

"It's LSU and Coach Miles. They have a top-notch defense and they're like a defensive tackle factory with Coach Haley coaching them. I know I'd like to play for him from what I've seen in the games. It's just LSU. I need to get down there and visit."

The legacy left by Drake Nevis, Michael Brockers and Bennie Logan makes LSU an attractive destination for Mack, who could be one of the country's top defensive linemen in the 2015 class.

Though Mack already has offers from schools like Alabama, Florida State and Oklahoma, he admits it's an early Aggie vs. Tiger battle.

"They're pretty even right now," Mack said. "Defensive tackle-wise, LSU is better. They send guys to the pros all the time. That's really why I'm high on them. But they're both in the SEC and not too far from home."

Mack most recently checked out TCU for their camp the same day LSU offered and he has one more trip to Texas planned this summer.

His hometown of Gladewater is only about 80 miles west of Shreveport, so there is a LSU presence to mix with the in-state schools. Though he hasn't visited Baton Rouge yet, he said the staff has encouraged him to make a trip this fall.

Mack mentioned LSU's game against Texas A&M as a potential visit date, which would give him a perfect opportunity to see his top two schools in action.

"They just said they really want me to come up there and check them out," Mack said. "They want me to bring my entire family so they can meet them too…[Brossette] really wants me to go. We're talking about taking a visit together, but we're not sure when yet."

Mack's in no hurry to rush his recruiting process though. He's mostly focused on his upcoming junior season. He hopes to build off a sophomore campaign in which he had 62 tackles, 15 for a loss and six sacks.

His blend of size and athleticism should make him a hot commodity in the 2015 class.

"It's definitely humbling. It's a real blessing. Right now I'm trying not to focus on it too much because the season's about to start. I want to make sure I can handle all the hype and have a good season for my team and school."


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