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The Best Worst-Kept Secret

In the span of three days the Aggies have picked up two 247Sports 5-star defenders. On Friday, Myles Garrett gave his verbal committed to Texas A&M and this afternoon 2015 Gladewater DT Daylon Mack decided it was time to finally shut it down.

Daylon Mack's commitment shoots the Aggies up to 5th nationally in the 247Sports team rankings

“I’m feeling great!,” Mack said of his emotion level after pulling the trigger. “It was probably the worst kept secret in the world. I think everybody knew where I was going so to finally get it off my chest feels amazing.”

He added, “Coach Sumlin is real excited. He told me I’m the leader of the 2015 class and I can help them get more recruits on board and that’s a job I’m looking forward to.”

Three times the Army All-American has tried to commit, even telling GigEm247 over the summer that he was “already committed in his head”, but his parents were not ready to let their son shut down the recruiting process before the start of his junior season. However, over the weekend Daylon’s mother, who was the most hesitant to allow an early commitment take place, spoke to Kevin Sumlin and needless to say, he was able to ease any concerns she had about sending her son to play for the Aggies.

“She came to me last night and asked me if I was ready to commit and I told her what I wanted to do,” Mack said. “She knew. This was like the third time I tried to do this. I guess third time's a charm (laughing). She called Coach Sumlin and asked him a couple of questions and he made her feel comfortable sending me up there. After they talked she told me she was alright with it so we did it.”

Although there were times where Mack flirted with other programs there was always a constant when he talked about leaders or frontrunners. That program was Texas A&M and the 6-2, 310-pounder explains why it’s been that way since the beginning.

“From them being my first offer, SEC in Texas, to Heisman Trophy winners, to making me feel most at home, I can name you tons of reason why it was the school I wanted to go to,” he said. “You know every time you talked with me after a visit, I felt great talking on the phone with you, and it felt like the right decision.”

The Ags are starting to pipeline an elite group of defensive tackles. Not only did they sign three of the state’s top DTs in 2013 but they also have the top rated DT in Texas currently committed as well. Mack talks about what kind of impact he feels he can make when he gets to College Station and how much he’s looking forward to competing with the other talent on campus.

“It was one of the reason why I went there, they’re recruiting a lot of great players,” he said. “I feel like I can come in and be a dominant force on the defensive line. Right now, they’re struggling a little bit with a pass rush but I know I can help them in that area because I’m a great pass rusher and run stopper.”

GigEm247 broke the news about a possible early commitment taking place on Saturday.

He added, “I’m looking forward to coming in and fighting for a starting job. I actually think I will like it. I want to say I earned it though.”

Mack details his lofty goals for his time in Aggieland.

“I want to win a National Championship,” he said. “They already are a winning program but I want to help them take that next step and win a National Championship.”

He added, “I really feel like A&M is building something great. It will really be rocking when I get there.”

Now that Daylon is committed, the leader of the “Fab 5” plans on doing some damage on the recruiting trail himself. The first person he’s going to reach out to will likely get a positive reaction from maroon and white faithful.

“You know I’m going to start reaching out to a bunch of guys but the first guy I’m going to text when I get off the phone with you is Malik Jefferson,” he said. “I’ll probably text Kyler (Murray), Soso (Jamabo) and my ‘Fab 5’ friends for sure.”

Obviously, schools are not going to stop recruiting the state’s top rated defensive lineman but Mack says he’s done with the process.

“Every visit I take from here on out will be to College Station,” he said. “I gave Coach Sumlin my word and I don’t intend on taking it back.”

Look for Mack to return to College Station this weekend for the Vanderbilt game.

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