Texas A&M’s Mack, Kirk ranked among top 25 impact freshmen
Bleacher Report on Thursday released its rankings of the top 25 impact freshmen of 2015, and Texas A&M was well represented on the list.
Coming in at No. 16 overall was defensive tackle Daylon Mack, a five-star recruit out of Gladewater, Texas, who is expected to be an immediate difference-maker as part of the rotation on the interior D-line. With standount ends Myles Garrett (a preseason All-American) and Daeshon Hall getting a lot of attention from opposing offensive lines, Mack and senior starters Julien Obioha and Alonzo Williams should have an opportunity to wreak some havoc on the interior.
“He’s definitely a talented guy,” Chavis told 247Sports early in fall camp. “It’s a different league, and he’s got a bigger adjustment to make than our corner (Brandon Williams, who switched to defense from running back) because he’s played winning football in the SEC. It’s always difficult, but you see it every year, high school guys come in and make the transition.”
Just a few spots behind Mack was A&M receiver Christian Kirk, a top-100 recruit out of Scottsdale, Ariz. While the Aggies were already going to be loaded at receiver this season thanks to junior Josh Reynolds and sophomores Speedy Noil and Ricky Seals-Jones, Kirk worked his way into the fourth starting receiver spot in Kevin Sumlin's pass-happy offense with a strong performance throughout spring and fall camp.
“He watches just as much tape as I do,” offensive coordinator Jake Spavital told ESPN during camp. “He'll tell me that he watched 100 clips of something every single day. Most kids don't do that, especially at the freshman level. He comes in, he's doing extra in the weight room, he's out there running routes every single day — he's a gym rat.”