2015 DT Daylon Mack commits to the Texas A&M Aggies

Thomas B. Shea

The Aggies have more help coming along the defensive line.

Success on the recruiting trail continued for the Texas A&M Aggies on Monday with the commitment of 2015 defensive tackle Daylon Mack, who made the announcement on Twitter:

The 6'2, 310-pound Mack is a consensus five-star prospect ranked as the No. 7 player nationally in the 2015 class by the 247Sports Composite rankings, the No. 3 defensive tackle nationally, and the top player in the state of Texas. The Aggies have now landed the No. 2 prospect in the state in 2013, the No. 2 prospect in 2014 (in Friday commit Myles Garrett, a defensive end from Arlington (Texas) Martin) and 2015's top prospect in Mack, a remarkable run of recruiting success

A long-time Aggie lean who appeared close to committing at various times in the spring and summer before extending his recruitment, Mack grew up a Texas fan, but became enamored with the Aggies after their move to the SEC and subsequent success.

Give credit to head coach Kevin Sumlin and his staff for continuing to achieve at selling the program to recruits, because though the LSU Tigers did make a surge in October, with Mack telling Scout that the Tigers were his leader. In the end, the long-time favorite won out and Mack will be staying close to home to play his college football.

As befitting a player of his lofty rankings, Mack had a national offer list that included invitations to play at Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, Miami, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon, SMU, TCU, Texas and Texas Tech.

Mack is expected to be an instant-impact contributor for a Texas A&M defensive line that has struggled in 2013. However, he is still rather raw with his technique and with some young talent on the line, the Gladewater product may need some time to transition to the college game.

When it happens, and the odds are of that happening seem as high as they can possibly be in the guesswork game that is evaluating high school football prospects, in large part because of his incredible athletic ability for a player of his size -- Mack carries the weight of a nose tackle, but moves like a gap-penetrating three technique, an exceedingly rare combination. He also appears to re-direct well, not an easy task for someone over 300 pounds.

Coming off the ball, Mack is unstoppable with his bullrush when he maintains any semblance of proper pad level, an area in which he needs some improvement because he can let his pads get high at times. In high school, his pure strength is often enough, but his pad level will need to improve when he gets to Texas A&M and he will need to work on developing some pass-rushing moves, because there is not any evidence on film of a swim or rip move beyond his favored bullrush.

If or when Mack shows growth with his technical understanding of the game, he has a chance to be an all-conference performer in college because of his elite physical skills.

Mack is the fourth commit in the 2015 class for Texas A&M and the first on the defensive side of the ball. The group ranks No. 5 nationally in the 247Sports Composite team rankings.

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