The 2014 recruiting class isn't even in the books, but Texas A&M already has a remarkable jump on the class of 2015 thanks to its latest 5-star haul.
Daylon Mack, a 247Sports composite 5-star defensive tackle in the 2015 class, announced his verbal commitment to the Aggies Monday evening. Taylor Hamm of 247Sports reported his commitment and Mack himself made the announcement on Twitter:
As Hamm noted in his brief report, his commitment had been long anticipated. It is also a much-needed addition for a defensive unit that has been the team's major weakness.
Just three minutes before Mack's tweet, Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin simply tweeted "YESSIR!" He was likely celebrating the commitment. Since coaches aren't allowed to publicly comment about recruits, he had to settle for the not-so-subtle subtweet.
YESSIR!— Kevin Sumlin (@CoachSumlin) October 21, 2013
Mack pulled the trigger for the Aggies over several other suitors, including Alabama, LSU, Clemson and Texas.
The 6'2", 310-pound Gladewater, Texas native comes in as the No. 3 defensive tackle and the No. 7 overall prospect in the 247Sports composite rankings. He is also the No. 1 player in the state of Texas.
Mack is the 10th 5-star prospect in the composite rankings to commit this year, six of which have now committed to SEC schools.
The Aggies also have one defensive tackle, composite 4-star DeShawn Washington, committed for 2014.
A&M claims four verbal commitments now in the 2015 class, one 5-star and three 4-stars. The Aggies have already brought aboard three 4-star offensive players: running back Jay Bradford, all-purpose back Rodney Anderson and tight end Jordan Davis. All four commits are Texas natives.
As of Mack's commitment, the Aggies moved up to No. 5 in the 247Sports team rankings. Currently, six of the top 10 teams for 2015 are in the SEC.
Mack is just the type of physical freak that will fit in well in the SEC, and the Aggies could surely use his help as their defense has shown some struggle in the transition from the Big 12 to the SEC.
Once he arrives on campus, Mack should be able to provide that boost with his elite blend of size and quickness, which will make him a factor against the pass and the rush.
He also has some incredible lower body strength, which he showed off in this video where he squatted 605 pounds for 10 repetitions. Beware, though—it looks like it was filmed with an original Motorola Razr.