10 Recruits Who Could Join 5-Star DT Daylon Mack at Texas A&M
Gladewater High School in Texas is home to Daylon Mack, a 5-star defensive tackle who is committed to Texas A&M. At 6'2" and 310 pounds, he is a powerful player who has the strength and quickness to dominate the middle of the field.
His commitment also will help the Aggies to attract other elite 2015 recruits, which will help them sign yet another outstanding recruiting class under head coach Kevin Sumlin.
There are lot of candidates, but a 5-star cornerback and a 5-star linebacker could soon choose to join Mack in College Station. Plus, a quarterback and receiver have interest.
Deshon Elliott, S
Deshon Elliott is a solid 3-star safety from Texas who is 6'1" and 200 pounds. He can work as an extra linebacker in the box, plus he has enough range to patrol a portion of the third level versus passing plays.
Texas, Baylor and Oklahoma are in the mix, per 247Sports. However, it would be surprising if he didn't end up at Texas A&M.
Kirk Merritt, RB
A 3-star recruit, Kirk Merritt is an offensive weapon who can play receiver or running back. The 5'10", 188-pounder has good speed and quickness, plus he makes a ton of plays with the ball in his hands.
The Aggies will face stiff competition for Merritt, as Texas Tech and TCU are also on his mind, per 247Sports. However, it's rare these days for Texas A&M to lose a recruiting battle to the Red Raiders and Horned Frogs.
Tyron Johnson, WR
Tyron Johnson is a quicker-than-fast athlete who makes plays as a receiver by exploding off the line and using his hands to pick passes out of the air.
Texas A&M signed a certain 5-star receiver from New Orleans in its 2014 class, so the Aggies do have experience in luring receivers away from the bayou. LSU will not let Johnson leave the state without a fight—something the Aggies will be ready for.
Kris Boyd, CB
Landing big corners is a priority on every school's list, and Texas A&M is no exception. It just so happens the Aggies have one in their state in Kris Boyd, who is 6'1" and 175 pounds.
The 4-star cover man has loose hips for a tall cornerback, plus he possesses good speed to drive and close on balls in a flash. The top schools for him right now are Texas A&M and Texas, per 247Sports.
Arthur McGinnis, OLB
At 6'1.5" and 203 pounds, 3-star linebacker Arthur McGinnis isn't going to impress many people with his size right now. His vision needs to improve, plus he can stand to get stronger.
However, the natural athleticism and speed he shows on tape are fantastic. He has a ton of range, plus he flashes the ability to develop into a solid pass-defender. UCLA and Texas A&M are his main suitors, per 247Sports.
Kemah Siverand, WR
Hailing from Houston, 4-star receiver Kemah Siverand has good quickness and ball skills. He flashes the strength to break a tackle or two after the catch, even though he is 6'0" and only 178 pounds.
He has average speed, but he can get to the second level of the defense from the perimeter. His recruitment will come down to Texas and Texas A&M, according to 247Sports.
Kyler Murray, QB/ATH
It remains to be seen if 5'11", 170-pound Kyler Murray will play quarterback in college. His size is a concern, but he is a dual-threat field general who can get the job done.
He has good speed and mobility to elude rushers and make plays with his legs, plus the 4-star prospect's arm strength is better than his size indicates. The Aggies are the favorites to sign the Texas native, per 247Sports.
Damarkus Lodge, WR
With his ability to slip away from defenders at junctions, 5-star receiver Damarkus Lodge can consistently get open underneath.
At 6'2.5" and 190 pounds, his long frame also helps him reach out to pluck passes in traffic. He attends Cedar Hill High School in Texas and has Texas A&M and Baylor on top, per 247Sports.
Alabama and LSU are also in the mix.
Malik Jefferson, OLB
A 5-star outside linebacker from Mesquite, Malik Jefferson could be the best linebacker in Texas for 2015. He is 6'3" and 215 pounds, plus he has exceptional range and speed.
He rarely loses sight of running backs in traffic, and he also can buzz into coverage. His top schools are Alabama, Oregon and Texas A&M, with the Aggies getting a majority of the experts' predictions at 247Sports.
Kendall Sheffield, CB
Kendall Sheffield is a 5-star cornerback from Texas who is one of the top recruiting priorities for Texas A&M. He is 5'11" and 180 pounds, but that may be generous.
However, he has exceptional short-area quickness and a great burst to close on balls. He has the ability to turn and run with anyone in the country, plus he has solid ball skills.
He's expected to sign with Texas A&M, according to 247Sports.
Courtney Roland of AggieYell.com (subscription required) wrote on Jan. 30: "Missouri City Fort Bend Marshall 2015 cornerback Kendall Sheffield has visited Texas A&M at least a half-dozen times in the past year."