East Texas Refresher: Commitments

2015 DT Daylon Mack

Scout.com provides a refresher of players who are committed in East Texas' 2015 class.

The span of June 30 through July 13 is a recruiting "dead period." So what exactly does that mean?

Well, coaches can't have in-person interaction anywhere with recruits or their families. Not on campus, not away from campus.

So naturally, this is often a time college coaches take for vacation with their families. For some prospects in the Lone Star State, it may mean it's time to concentrate on Nike's The Opening in Beaverton, Ore., from July 7-10, or the state 7-on-7 tournament in College Station from July 10-12.

With all of that in mind, Scout catches you up with East Texas recruits in the 2015 class who have already committed.


EAST TEXANS COMMITTED


P5 Schools


Justin Dunning, S, Whitehouse -- Texas A&M: the four-star safety seems pretty solid to the Aggies as he has not wavered since committing in November. He has double-digit offers and it's still months away from signing day, but he does not appear right now as a guy who could open up his recruitment. The Aggies should feel good about this commitment.


Jeff Gladney, WR/CB, New Boston -- TCU: Gladney and TCU are a perfect fit. He picked up several FBS offers, but jumped on the TCU offer on the spot when the Horned Frogs extended it following an early June camp in Kilgore. Gladney is the type of East Texas small-school prospect oft-overlooked by some of the P5 programs. Well, TCU has made a living getting players from the Piney Woods. Stephen Hodge, Robert Henson, Wayne Daniels, Jason Teague, Luke Shivers, Nick Sanders, James Dunbar, and Matthew Tucker are just a sampling of TCU's success in the region.


JaMycal Hasty, RB, Longview -- Baylor: Hasty, a four-star prospect, does not talk a lot about recruiting, whether in person or on social media (in fact, his Twitter account is private). But he hasn't said or done anything to suggest that he'd switch from Baylor, a school that fits his skill set perfectly. Analysts have discussed whether Hasty would play a traditional running back spot or be more of gadget player that often lines up in the slot. Bottom line: it doesn't matter. His speed and explosiveness will make a difference regardless of how Baylor gets him the ball.


Jaylon Lane, CB, Nacogdoches -- Oklahoma State: the four-star cornerback has gone mostly quiet since he committed to Oklahoma State, which is probably a good sign for Pokes fans. He committed to Ole Miss in early March when he had only a few offers, but decommitted a couple of weeks later once his recruitment blew up. He's been pledged to OSU for almost two months now, so that has to be encouraging for the Cowboy faithful.


Blake Lynch, QB/WR, Gilmer -- Baylor: Lynch has a few more offers than he wants linked to him, but that should be a good sign for Baylor fans. He does not want the attention of the recruiting limelight, but he does indeed actively recruit for the Bears. While a few SEC West programs have shown a lot of interest since he committed, the four-star Lynch has remained solid and I don't expect that to change.


Daylon Mack (pictured above), DT, Gladewater -- Texas A&M: shut 'er down. The five-star, top 10 national recruit has more than 20 offers, but since canceling his summer trips to LSU, Alabama, and Auburn at the end of May following Kyler Murray's commitment, Mack has been as strong as ever to the Aggies, who will benefit from Mack's charisma with other prospects to put the finishing touches on what is right now the No. 2 class in the nation.


Larry Pryor, S, Sulphur Springs -- Texas A&M: again, shut 'er down. The four-stary safety is about as solid to the Aggies as Mack, and they're very good buddies who should be two difference-makers once they arrive in College Station. The next step for Mack, Pryor, and Dunning is recruiting Gilmer four-star cornerback Kris Boyd, Scout's No. 6 corner nationally, No. 47 overall recruit nationally, and No. 10 player in Texas. Boyd has more than a dozen offers and has taken unofficials to several schools. Don't quite count out Texas just yet, but the Aggies have been considered favorites since offering Boyd during the spring.


Non-P5 Schools


Jarion Anderson, WR, Texarkana Texas High -- Tulsa: Anderson's lone FBS offer so far is Tulsa, so as long as no others join, I'd expect him to stick with Tulsa. A couple other schools, including Louisiana-Monroe, have shown interest.


Rodney Bendy, WR, Tyler John Tyler -- North Texas: shortly after his commitment to UNT, the 6-foot-4 1/2 Bendy got a ULM offer. Bendy's quiet about recruiting, but he fits the profile of the big receivers North Texas is targeting -- such as Carthage 2014 duo Terian Goree and Okeeron Rutherford -- so that's a good sign if you're a Mean Green fan.


Nate Brooks, WR, Whitehouse -- North Texas: Brooks chose the Mean Green over an offer from Louisiana Tech. Both schools offered Brooks last summer. At 6-foot, 150 pounds, Brooks obviously must gain weight, but has the height and length to be a very good corner at the next level. Brooks, who is originally from Carthage, said one reason he committed to UNT is his relationship with Terian Goree, who is his cousin.


Brandon Durman, LB, Tyler Lee -- Louisiana Tech: Durman committed to LaTech in the spring and seems solid to the Bulldogs, who are his only FBS offer. He emphasized his comfort with new defensive coordinator Manny Diaz at the time of his commitment.


Chandler Eiland, QB, Canton -- Louisiana-Monroe: Eiland seems very happy with ULM, which is his lone FBS offer at this point. Don't be surprised if Eiland sticks with the Warhawks and gives them another under-the-radar East Texas quarterback similar to Kolton Browning, a multi-year starter in Monroe.


Kevrin Justice, RB, Kilgore -- Houston: word is that Justice did not want his commitment made public when it happened in early April, but word got out and the news broke. Justice is not the biggest and not the fastest, but he has huge production and is as tough a runner as you'll find in the state. Houston is his only FBS offer right now and he's been quiet since committing, so sticking with the Cougars appears to be a good bet for Justice at this point.


Terry Mark, WR, Lufkin -- Houston: another good bet to stick with the Cougars is the 6-foot-1, 180-pound Mark, who also has only one FBS offer, but could see that list grow with a strong senior year playing alongside uncommitted recruits Keke Coutee and Erik McCoy. Mark is solid to Houston, which already has his older brother, Tomme Mark, playing defensive tackle.


Sam Miller, DE, Canton -- North Texas: this is North Texas' biggest commitment of the three East Texans from a standpoint of beating other programs for the pledge. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Miller has 11 offers, including Kansas State and Oregon State. That's a big get for the Mean Green, who love to rotate a lot of active, athletic defensive linemen in their four-man front.


Javon Thomas, RB, Texarkana Texas High -- Tulsa: if there were a guy on this list who I'd guess may not wind up with the school he's committed right now, it's Thomas. Not because of anything Thomas has said or done, but because at 6-foot-2 1/2, 211 pounds and with a 4.61 laser 40, Thomas definitely has P5 ability and potential. ULM, Navy, New Mexico, Rice, and Toledo have also offered Thomas, but with him getting his first shot as a full-time starter -- 2014 Navy signee Tre Walker started the last two years -- don't be surprised if a big senior year yields some late P5 offers that make Thomas think long and hard about his pledge.


Jackson Tyner, QB/TE, Edgewood -- Rice: Tyner is another player who is solid to his pledge for family reasons. He's a legacy player for Rice, which will give Tyner a shot at quarterback and move him to tight end of signal caller does not work out. At 6-foot-5, 220 pounds, he's got a great frame for either position and the athleticism to match.


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