Gladewaterâ€™s Daylon Mack considers himself a SpongeBob SquarePants fan. But whatever you do, refrain from kidding the sophomore about his choice in television.
Well, the defensive tackle happens to stand 6-1 and weigh more than 300 pounds. And not only that, he can bench press 375 pounds and squat 550 â€” and is already taking the recruiting world by storm.
A scholarship offer from Texas A&M? Check.
An offer from Oklahoma? Check.
â€śI really didnâ€™t expect to get offers this early, but my thoughts on it are to take my time and enjoy it right now,â€ť said Mack, the All-East Texas Newcomer of the Year. â€śIâ€™m loving all the attention and recruiting stuff. They say itâ€™s going to get annoying after a while, but itâ€™s not annoying right now.â€ť
Mack, a disrupting force on the defensive front, is considered one of the stateâ€™s top sophomore recruits and still has another two seasons for improvement. Recruiting sites area already featuring him with phrases like: â€śSome have already touted Mack as a top national prospect for the class of 2015 and he is on that path right now.â€ť
Mack wasted little time before making a 305-pound splash at the varsity level, finishing the season with 62 tackles, six sacks, 16 tackles for losses and six fumble recoveries.
â€śIt kind of started off really slow,â€ť Mack said. â€śI had to adjust to the varsity level. I still havenâ€™t adjusted to the point I can get out there and dominate every single play. I felt like I was really good at contributing to the team this year. The next year I plan to have a dominating season.â€ť
Mack, who is currently spending his time playing first base for the Bears baseball team, is already thinking about his future. His ultimate goal is to play in the NFL, but his backup plan would be to get into engineering.
â€śI wouldnâ€™t say Iâ€™m leaning towards anyone right now, but A&M is my top choice,â€ť Mack said. â€śMy parents are really big on academics and they have a lot of academic questions. We went to junior day and they got all the academic questions answered.â€ť