Daylon Mack will make the short trip to Arlington with his coach on Saturday to see LSU and TCU square off. According to Mack, both LSU and TCU are in his Top Five schools. The Tigers have the advantage right now with Texas A&M, but the Frogs are trailing close behind.
"I can't wait to watch both LSU and TCU up close," Mack said. "I'll get to really evaluate their defensive lines. That's mostly what I'll be watching with their schemes, how hard they play and how athletic they look."
Mack said he'll have a hard time deciding who to root for, instead he'll probably just cheer for whichever team's defensive line makes plays. He also couldn't make a call as to who will come out on top.
"It will really be a good game," Mack said. "I don't know who I pick to win. But it's definitely going to be a good game and it'll be really close too."
This contest will go a long way in helping Mack determine which school's defense fits him best. Mack said right now he's leaning toward making a commitment in December, and he has multiple trips scheduled for this fall.
In addition to the game this Saturday, Mack said he'll definitely trip to College Station for the Alabama game, but he might make as many as three trips to Baton Rouge.
Mack will definitely come down when LSU faces Auburn, but close friend and new Tiger commit Nicholas Brossette has convinced him to visit for the Florida and Texas A&M games as well.
"I just want to get up there to get familiar with the coaching staff and get to know them," Mack said. "I want to get the same amount of visits to LSU as I have for Texas A&M. That's why I want to go so I can get a feel for their campus."
As for that relationship with Brossette, Mack admitted it could be one factor that tips the scales for LSU.
"That's real good [that he committed]," Mack said. "He's another reason why I'd want to go to LSU because he's going there too. They'll have a good team with him. He's already sent me a few text messages [about playing together]."
But Mack won't make his decision based solely on one other recruit. The programs' reputations for producing defensive lineman will likely be the deciding factor, and Mack knows where LSU stands in that department.
"I watch LSU games over-and-over," Mack said. "Even though they lost to Alabama [last year], I still like their style of play. How they fire off the ball and get after it, I enjoy that."
Mack's upcoming visits to Baton Rouge could ultimately be what propels the Tigers ahead of Texas A&M for good. He said he's looking forward to learning more about LSU than just what its football program has to offer.
"I already know they have a good defensive line," Mack said. "I just want to go check out the campus. I already know they have outstanding coaches. They got Coach Brick Haley. He's probably the best defensive line coach in the country, and I know Coach Miles is a good coach. I just want to get familiar with the coaching staff, visit the campus and check out a couple of the classrooms."
But don't count out the Horned Frogs. Though TCU is in the second-tier of his top schools (along with Texas and Clemson), Mack knows Gary Patterson has quite the reputation in defensive circles.
"I really like TCU," Mack said. "Coach Patterson is the primary reason why I like TCU. The way he develops players, he takes three-stars and develops them into pros. I could only imagine what he could do with someone like me."
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