Mayes set for big spring
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Mayes set for big spring

With eight offers in hand, 2014 Van Alstyne (Tx) lineman Connor Mayes is out to prove why he was recruited so early, and why he's not done.

Following a strong outing among more than 500 prospects at the U.S. Army All-American Combine in San Antonio last week, Connor Mayes was named to the combine's First Team Offense.

"There were a lot of guys out there, but I made sure I got a bunch of reps," Mayes said. "I feel I dominated most every play. I got some feedback from some of the coaches. I know I need to work on my footwork in pass setting, but they said I have a great punch; they like the way I get off the ball."

What does he believe makes him so special in the trenches?

"I'm physical and I'm mean," Mayes smiled.

And while he continues to polish and perfect his physical game, he admitted his leadership will be what he keys in on most this offseason.

"I'm a quieter guy. I just keep my head down and work. But I'd like to become more vocal; more of a leader. We got a bunch of good younger guys on the team going into next year, and I want to make sure we're all on board and ready to go."

This mentality is what several schools liked- and quickly offered- in Mayes.

Kansas State, Minnesota (where his older brother Alex is committed), Colorado, Colorado State, Arkansas State, New Mexico, UTSA and Connecticut are the eight currently on the table.

"We've been to Minnesota, Kansas State and TCU," noted Mayes, "but I'm wanting to get out to a lot more schools [this spring and summer]. We're for sure getting down to Baylor, and then up to Boise State."