TCU A Serious Contender
Last Friday, news erupted that current Texas A&M commit and five-star defensive tackle Daylon Mack would be taking an official visit to TCU. It was an official visit for the nation’s No. 9 overall prospect as he took in the Frogs 82-27 drubbing of visiting Texas Tech. Although the visit came as a surprise in recruiting circles, Mack and TCU, particularly head coach Gary Patterson have built a solid relationship throughout the process so the result didn’t come much of a surprise to those close to the program. Mack had previously visited TCU’s campus twice but this visit was the first opportunity for his family to see the campus up close and to also meet with the coaching staff. His family came away thoroughly impressed. “It went great; I had a good time and felt real comfortable with the staff,” Mack said. “My parents liked it and I had a great visit with Coach Patterson and the staff. It was a great visit all the way around. I visited TCU twice before and I wanted to get my family down to see it. They like him (Coach Patterson), my mom wants me to go to TCU. Even before I committed she wanted me to go to TCU. They really like the staff. She’s wowed with the academics and it’s close to home; she just really doesn’t want me too far but if I decide to go far she’d be okay with it. But, she really likes TCU.” While most recruits have position coaches as their primary recruiters, Mack’s primary recruiter is Patterson himself. Mack says the fact that the head coach of the program is taking time to pursue him is a big deal and proves how much he’s wanted. “It’s a huge deal to me,” Mack said of Patterson recruiting him. “It definitely shows that they want me to be a part of their program.” As previously mentioned, Mack’s visit to TCU caught many by surprise in recruiting circles. Mack has heard the criticism and isn’t sure why anyone would question why he visited TCU. “Yes, but I’m not sure why though,” Mack answered when asked if the TCU visit surprised people. “If you just watch the season they’re having a lot of people would be interested in playing for them.” Speaking of the season, the Frogs are currently 6-1 and ranked No. 7 in the initial College Football Playoff rankings. They are the highest ranked team from the Lone Star State. Mack witnessed first-hand the impact of what a good offense and defense can translate into and said combining both of those makes the Frogs one of the toughest teams in the country. “They’re doing great,” Mack said of the Frogs’ season. “They scored 82 points; it was real fun watching that(laughing). They’re having a great season. Their defense is top notch; Coach Patterson always does a great job with that. The offense is what’s really shocking a lot of people this year, mix in the great defense they always have at TCU they have a great chance to be the top team in the country.” Playing time could also become a factor as Mack focuses more on TCU. Defensive tackle Chucky Hunter is a senior and his counterpart, Davion Pierson is a junior. According to Mack, if he puts in the effort and works hard, he could make an immediate impact as early as his true freshman season. “Coach (Dick)Bumpas told me I could come in and start if I just come in and take care of my business,” Mack said. “He mentioned the depth chart to me but he said if I took care of my business I could probably be the starter. We run the 4-2-5 at my school and especially the way they coach is very similar so I could definitely see myself as part of their program.” Combine the recent visit, his relationship with Patterson and Co., his parents’ admiration toward the program; one would think the Frogs made a serious impact on Mack’s recruitment. According to Mack, TCU did just that. “Definitely, they’re a major factor in my recruiting process right now,” he said. “I’ve stayed in contact with TCU because they were one of my earliest offers. My parents really like it, I really like it; they’re just a big factor right now.” Mack said a return visit to Ft. Worth could happen as early as next week when the Frogs host Kansas State but he’s unsure at the moment. However, the probability of him making another visit at some point is promising. Aside from Texas A&M and TCU, Mack is still considering others and will take one more official visit to the lucky program. He knows where that visit will be but isn’t ready to make it public yet. As for a final decision, Mack hopes to make one after the football season. “It will be probably after my football season,” he said. “I’m looking to take one more official visit to Texas, LSU or Baylor; one of those three but I’m just not making it public yet.”
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