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March 21, 2013The wait is over.
Ironic as it might be, the Class of 2014 is still 10-plus months away from putting pen to letter of intent, but the thirst for information might be just as strong for a recruiting class that is 685 days away from sending the faxes in that finally is beginning to realize the dreams of officially becoming college football players.
Yes we're talking about the 2015 Class. Specifically, we're talking about the members of the debut Lone Star Recruiting Top 100 list for the Class of 2015. As was the case last year, March Madness signals the beginning of the spring that has become sophomore recruiting in the state of Texas.
Debuting in the top spot is Gladewater defensive tackle Daylon Mack, who earned Defensive MVP honors of last week's Rivals Camp in Dallas.
"From an eyeball standpoint, he passes all the tests. He is built like a tank," Rivals.com analyst Jason Howell remarked following the Rivals Camp. "He is stout and has little bad weight, if any at all. Then he gets on the field and quickly shows his ability as a plugger or a rusher. He has a great first step and packs a powerful punch. Mack put it all on display on Sunday as he overwhelmed those who dared to stop him. He not only earned defensive MVP honors, but also took home an invitation to the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge this summer. "
While Mack ranks as the state's early No.1 prospect, there were a half-dozen other prospects that earned equal ratings, as Plano running back Soso Jamabo, Fort Bend Marshall defensive back Kendall Sheffield, Mesquite Poteet linebacker Malik Jefferson and West Orange-Stark defensive back Deionte Thompson round out the top five on the list and the highest-rated tier of players.
For those wondering about the accuracy of the early rankings release over the last couple of years, the numbers are pretty strong at the top. Among the players ranked in the top 10 from the debut of the 2014 LSR rankings last March, seven of the 10 remain top 10 prospects today. If we look back at the debut for the Class of 2013 , you'll see that seven of the initial top 10 remained in the top 10 all the way through the entire recruiting process and another finished in the No. 11 spot.
The bottom line in the last few years is that the cream of the crop is the cream of the crop, and it's often not hard to find it, even if we're talking about 23 more months until these athletes put pen to paper.
Look here for the full debut of the Lone Star Recruiting Top 100 list for the Class of 2015.