Mack Ready to Make an Impact

While the Texas Aggie defense continues to struggle with youth and inexperience on the field, the future looks better and better as more highly-rated defensive standouts are choosing to play in College Station. Yesterday, Texas A&M added a second five-star prospect to the fold in less than a week. David Sandhop has the details.

While the Texas Aggie defense continues to struggle with youth and inexperience on the field, the future looks better and better as more highly-rated defensive standouts are choosing to play in College Station. Last week, five-star defensive end Myles Garrett verbally pledged to head coach Kevin Sumlin. Yesterday, Texas A&M added a second five-star prospect to the fold in less than a week when class of 2015 defensive tackle Daylon Mack phoned Sumlin to give him the good news that he'll be an Aggie.

"My mom called him (Sumlin) up and had a few questions for him. She felt comfortable with him so she gave the phone to me," Mack said. "I told him I was ready to commit. He said ‘wow!' and welcomed me aboard."

It's no secret that the 6-foot-2, 305-pound has been a longtime Texas A&M fan and he was close to committing on several occasions, but

he didn't want to make a decision until he received the approval of his parents…specifically his mom.

"My dad was fine with me making an early commitment to A&M, but my mom wanted me to wait and make sure of my decision," Mack said. "She said I was only going to commit once, that my word would be my word. So she wanted me to wait and look at some other schools to make sure A&M is where I wanted to be."

After several months, it became clear that his love for the Aggies and the coaching staff was more than a passing fancy. Mack would ask his mom many times over the past few months if she was ready for him to make his commitment to Texas A&M, and the answer was always no. That answer changed on Monday.

"I asked her again on Monday if she was ready for me to commit," Mack said. "She surprised me and said yes. She just wanted to talk to Coach Sumlin first, but she knew where I wanted to go and that I would be happy."

The Gladewater junior is considered the top defensive lineman in the state of Texas, and many pundits list him as the No. 1 overall junior prospect in the state. So what makes him an elite prospect? "I guess it's my explosion off the line and my combination of quickness and strength," Mack said. "I also work hard every day to get better. To stay ahead of everybody, you have to outwork them in practice and in the weight room."

Speaking of weight room, Mack said his personal best in the squat is a whopping 805 pounds…and we're talking about a 17 year-old teenager. He has a very thick, muscular athletic build which is uncommon for athletes at his age. His physical maturity makes him a candidate for early playing time once he gets to College Station. His goal is to push for immediate playing time and he's gearing up his high school schedule to graduate early and enroll at mid-term.

"I want to come in and help right away. I'm taking some extra courses so I can graduate in December and start practicing with the team early," Mack said. "I'm also getting with the nutritionist to get on a proper diet they want me on, and I want to get their weight room routines and start doing what the current players are doing."

So far in 2013, Mack has collected 61 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, five forced fumbles, and three touchdowns as a fullback. As a top prospect in the state, he has spoken to several of the top 2015 recruits about all playing for the same school and doing something special on the field. With his commitment to the Aggies, he's hoping the recruits will follow him to Aggieland.

"There are a few of us who are friends and we've talked about going to the same school," Mack said. "I talked to Malik Jefferson, Kyler Murray, and Justin Dunning today and they are all excited for me. They will have to come to their own decision, but I think they all like A&M so who knows. We may all be here."

Aggie fans won't have a problem with that…to say the least.

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