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Sunday, October 6, 2013
ESPN Junior 300 DT Mack names top 4

By William Wilkerson

ESPN Junior 300 defensive tackle Daylon Mack (Gladewater, Texas/Gladewater) has a new top four.

Mack released his list of schools -- Texas A&M, LSU, Notre Dame and Oregon -- on Twitter and then confirmed them with RecruitingNation on Sunday. If you are a program outside of his top four, good luck.

Daylon Mack
Four-star defensive tackle Daylon Mack's top four schools are Texas A&M, LSU, Notre Dame and Oregon.
“I’m really set on these four moving forward,” Mack said.

The No. 10 prospect overall and top player in Texas for the Class of 2015 got an up close view of the Irish on Saturday when he was on hand to watch Notre Dame’s 37-34 victory over Arizona State at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. He was blown away by the amount of support he received from the Irish faithful.

“It went really good. I had a great time hanging out and watching the football game,” he said. “I had a great time watching [Notre Dame All-American DT) Louis Nix. When I got up to walk to the concession stand I had about 30 people coming up to me telling me they needed my help to replace Louis Nix. It was really the most any fans had showed me they wanted me at their college.”

Mack has grown accustomed to nationwide fan fair already, but it is clear the love he felt from the Golden Domers really made an impact.

“It makes you feel real good,” he said. “It’s one of the things that has made me like their college. I just got the offer not to long ago and they are already extremely interested in me.”

One of the many things helping the Irish’s cause is the early playing time that would likely be in store for him if he chose Notre Dame, given that Nix is a senior and likely a first round NFL draft pick.

“What he is doing is something I feel like I could come in and help with,” he said, “The way the coaches talk to me, I think I can definitely come in and do what he is doing.”

Oregon is another program that offered him not long ago but that has made positive strides in a short period of time.

“Before they offered they had been talking to me on Twitter before Sept. 1,” he said. “They are playing really good football right now. I really would like to go up there and visit. That’s another place I could really see myself getting early playing time as well.”

Mack has yet to see Oregon play but will at some point. He has plans of visiting LSU on Oct. 26 for its home game against Furman and could visit Texas A&M the week before against Auburn.

“That is up in the air right now,” Mack said of the Aggies’ game on Oct. 19.

One notable school absent from his top four is Texas, a school he has long been impressed by. The reason: results, or lack there of.

“Their performance on the field and I don’t know if I go there if Coach [Mack] Brown will be there or not,” he said. “There are a lot of things that I am not sure of with them right now.”