East Texas Recruiting Notebook
2015 DT Daylon Mack
2015 DT Daylon Mack
Midlands recruiting analyst
Posted Feb 14, 2014


East Texas produced 32 Division I FBS signees on National Signing Day 2014. That was 15 more than the 2013 class. Not surprisingly, recruiting action has remained consistent in the region despite the passing of this year's signing ceremonies.

The 2015 class appears to be another talented group, especially at the top, where the region boasts six players in the top 41 spots of Scout.com national analyst Greg Powers' Texas Top 50.

Two of those players have received offers since signing day, so we'll start off the notebook with more on those offers.

Daylon Mack Reaches 20 Offers

Gladewater defensive tackle Daylon Mack committed to Texas A&M in October but continues to rack up more offers.

The athletic 6-foot-1 1/2, 306-pounder has received two offers since Feb. 10: Florida and Auburn. The two SEC offers give Mack seven in the conference, including every school from the SEC West except Mississippi State.

Those offers join a pair of recent Pac-12 offers from USC and Stanford for Mack, who is ranked No. 9 overall in the 2015 Scout 300.

Mack's combination of size, strength, and agility make him a rare commodity. He had 98 tackles, including 35 for loss and five sacks, as a junior, when he led East Texas with eight forced fumbles. He's 1 of 3 East Texans committed to Texas A&M in Scout.com's state 2015 top 25, joining Sulphur Springs safety Larry Pryor and Whitehouse safety Justin Dunning.

Kris Boyd Hits Double Digits

Recruiting has really picked up for versatile Gilmer athlete Kris Boyd, who received an offer from Florida State on Thursday to give him 10 total.

Boyd, who is ranked No. 6 overall in Scout.com's statewide 2015 rankings, got the offer from the reigning national champion Seminoles after Missouri offered him Wednesday. That was Boyd's third SEC offer, joining offers from Arkansas and Mississippi State.

FSU, Mizzou, Mississippi State, and California have offered the 6-foot, 180-pound Boyd within the last three weeks. Although he's rushed for almost 2,500 yards during the last two seasons, Boyd is expected to play cornerback at the next level, where his speed, fluidity, and frame should serve him well.

Mizzou has plenty of experience recruiting East Texas. Former Tigers standout Sean Weatherspoon is from Jasper, while Braylon Webb, who started at safety on Mizzou's 2013 SEC East title team, is from Gilmer.

Boyd joins Mack and Dunning as East Texas' three juniors with Florida State offers. Boyd's 10 offers are second in the region in the 2015 class behind Mack's 20.

Brandon Jones Headlines 2016 Class

Only one player in East Texas' 2016 class has received an FBS offer: Nacogdoches safety Brandon Jones.

But he's received four, the latest coming from Oklahoma, which offered the 6-foot, 190-pounder Thursday morning.

The Sooners join Baylor, Texas A&M, and Texas Tech on Jones' offer list. The Aggies were the first to offer back in early November, followed by Tech about a month later and Baylor less than three weeks ago.

Jones, who had 95 tackles and five interceptions in a breakout sophomore season, is expected to be one of the state's top recruits regardless of position in the 2016 class. He combines good short-area burst with an overt physicality that really stands out in person and on film. Jones will not only be a great safety for somebody at the next level, but returned two punts for touchdowns as a sophomore and could also be used a special teams threat.

Jones will accompany 2015 cornerback Jaylon Lane -- a recent move-in to Nacogdoches from San Angelo Central -- in Nac's secondary this coming fall. The 6-foot-2, 170-pound Lane picked off four passes apiece during the his last two seasons and is also a special teams weapon.



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