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Troup Sophomore Blake Lynch Already Hearing from College Programs

Troup sophomore quarterback Blake Lynch takes off downfield during the Tigers’ 40-0 home win Sept. 7. (

Gladewater defensive tackle Daylon Mack has received by far the most recruiting attention of any 2015 East Texas football recruit, but a new player seems to have caught college programs’ attention.

Troup sophomore quarterback Blake Lynch has received two junior day invitations and will visit Mississippi State for a junior day this weekend. Lynch said that he has also been invited to a junior day event at Texas Tech on April 20, which is the same day as the Red Raiders’ spring game, which he was asked to attend as well.

Lynch is a 6-foot-3, 195-pounder who started at quarterback for Troup in 2012, leading the Tigers to an 9-2 record and first-round Class 2A Division I playoff appearance.

Lynch said quarterback, receiver, and safety are the positions he’s heard discussed most as to where he’ll wind up in college, but particularly quarterback and receiver.

Gladewater DT Daylon Mack. (Christopher Vinn,

The 2015 East Texas football class should be strong, much like the 2014 class. Mack appears to be the early headliner. The 6-foot-2, 297-pounder holds offers from TCU, Texas, Texas A&M, and Texas Tech, but said about a month ago that Texas A&M is his early leader. Mack had 62 tackles, 16 for loss, six sacks, and six fumble recoveries in his first varsity season at Gladewater, where he also pitches for the baseball team. Mack, who has a rare combination of size and athleticism, was sometimes used as a wildcat quarterback in two-point conversion situations.

Lufkin athlete KeKe Coutee (5-10, 170), Whitehouse safety Justin Dunning (6-4, 200), Longview tailback Ja’Mycal Hasty (5-9, 185), Lufkin offensive lineman Erik McCoy (6-3, 270), Sulphur Springs safety Larry Pryor (6-1, 185), and Tatum linebacker/safety Kyshaun Smith (6-1, 185) could also be among East Texas’ top players in the 2015 class.

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