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Gladewater’s Daylon Mack Drawing Heavy Recruiting Interest

Gladewater defensive tackle Daylon Mack. (Christopher Vinn,

One of the biggest breakout players of the 2012 East Texas football season already has four offers and has heard from several more schools.

Gladewater coach Jerrod Baugh said Thursday afternoon that Texas, TCU, SMU, and Texas A&M have all visited Gladewater this week to see sophomore defensive tackle Daylon Mack, who could be one of the region’s best recruits in recent memory.

According to Baugh, Mack holds offers from Texas, Texas A&M, TCU, and Texas Tech, who offered the 6-foot-2, 297-pound 10th-grader when former A&M offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury got the head coaching position at Texas Tech, Baugh said.

Mack had an impressive sophomore season, racking up 62 tackles, 16 for loss, six sacks, and six fumble recoveries. He also served as Gladewater’s kicker and took wildcat snaps in short-yardage situations. Baugh said Mack is ranked in the top 10 in his class academically, which will only attract more college suitors.

Mack is part of a 2015 class that, like the 2014 group, could be a strong one for East Texas.

Other potential high-major recruits in the region’s 2015 class include Whitehouse safety Justin Dunning (6-4, 200), who could see increased time at receiver in 2013 with class of 2014 quarterback Patrick Mahomes again running the offense; Longview running back Ja’Mycal Hasty (5-9, 185); Lufkin athlete KeKe Coutee (5-10, 170); Lufkin offensive lineman Erik McCoy (6-3, 270); and Sulphur Springs safety Larry Pryor (6-1, 185).

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