Will Texas Be Able to Take Lead from Texas A&M for 2015 DT Daylon Mack?

Andrew KulhaSenior Analyst IIIApril 19, 2013

Via 247Sports
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Texas looked to have a good chance to get a commitment from 2015 defensive tackle Daylon Mack, but at this point, it appears as if Texas A&M is the clear favorite.

Unfortunately for Longhorns fans, Mack seems pretty sold on the Aggies.

At one point, Texas A&M and Texas were even for the in-state rising junior, but according to a report via Sam Khan Jr. and William Wilkerson of ESPN.com (subscription required), the Aggies have regained the lead after a recent visit, "[The Texas visit] went pretty good," Mack said. "It was a great visit. It brought A&M and Texas even after that visit, but going back to A&M, A&M took the lead again." 

Mack talked about why he likes Texas A&M so much, per the GigEm Nation report:

Texas is a good school, but I saw how they were competing. I watched both of their spring games, and the way they competed it was completely different. I want to be able to compete like [A&M does], so that's what it was.

Just the feel, the SEC atmosphere they're in, I love playing in that. I want to play in the best conference, I want to compete against the best players, and that's what A&M brings to the table.

When it comes to the recruiting process, some recruits are extremely open about their thoughts, while others are more closed and hard to diagnose. For all intents and purposes, Mack is wearing his heart on his sleeve, so it's safe to say that Texas A&M is in a great position to receive a commitment if he wants to make an early pledge.

The Aggies are extremely hot on the recruiting trail right now. They are poised to do great things in college football's best conference. For as good as Texas has been in the 2014 cycle, there's no doubting that Texas A&M is the team in Texas right now.

If you need any more proof in regard to Mack's thoughts, check out this quote, via Khan Jr. and Wilkerson:

I just feel good being around them. They feel like the perfect school being in the SEC in Texas and they are an upward going program right now. It just feels like I would make the right decision.
Sorry, Texas, but this is Texas A&M's recruiting race to lose, and frankly, I don't see the Aggies losing here.

With that said, Andrew Bone of Rivals.com just tweeted out that Mack has received an offer from a another major SEC school, Alabama:

Considering Mack's apparent affinity for the SEC, Alabama's offer could end up making this very interesting. But at this point, it's going to be hard for even Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide to overcome the Aggies.  For Texas fans looking for some hope in this situation, remember that signing day 2015 is still a long way  away. Even if Mack were to commit to A&M soon, Mack Brown and his staff would have plenty of time to continue to recruit him in an effort to get him to flip. Texas having a big 2013 season also could help, especially if A&M were to cool off—though that seems unlikely.

Mack is 6'1.5'', 297 pounds and is just a rising junior, so he has immense potential. He's going to be a big-time recruit for some lucky program.

Unfortunately, the odds are against Texas beating out Texas A&M for the opportunity to be that program. 

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