Mayes Receives "Dream" Offer

Connor Mayes received a big offer from TCU on Sunday.

A long awaited dream became a reality for one of the 2014 prospects at TCU's junior day on Sunday. That distinction belongs to Van Alstyne center Connor Mayes, who is a not only a lifelong fan of the program; he's also a legacy.

Frog fans know the Mayes' family story well. Mayes' grandfather, Gene, was one of the most highly recruited players in the country out of Garland before playing for TCU in the late 60's. His father, Allen, played for TCU in the early 80's.

With an offer now in hand, the youngest Mayes now has a chance to continue the family legacy.

The 6-foot-5, 330-pounder visited with TCU head coach Gary Patterson with his dad and brother Alex, who recently signed with Minnesota, prior to the start of junior day. That's when he received the good news.

"We went up there early and talked to the coaches and we got to talk to Coach Patterson for about 30 minutes before the junior day started and he offered me," Mayes said. "He actually brought me in his office with my brother and my dad and he told me that I had a scholarship to TCU and that he thinks I could do big things early and come in and play."

Mayes, who has attended TCU games since he was a toddler, says the offer from the Frogs' is a huge relief. It's an offer the family had hopes of receiving for quite some time; whether for Alex or Connor.

"It just felt like a huge release because I really wanted the offer because it's my dad and grandpa's school," he said. "I just love TCU. You could tell that my dad was excited about it when Coach Patterson offered me and it just put me in an amazing mood for the rest of the day."

Mayes' mother didn't make the trip to Ft. Worth but she was equally excited for him when she learned of the good news.

"She called me yelling and screaming that she was happy for me," he said of his mom.

Despite the offer from the Frogs', Mayes says he was never pressured into making a commitment from the coaching staff. They want him to be confident that he makes the right decision.

"They said they weren't going to pressure me at all during this process and they want me to let things play out," he said. "They said they would love for me to play for TCU but they didn't pressure me or anything like that."

Mayes now holds offers from TCU, Arkansas State, Baylor, Colorado, Colorado State, Connecticut, Houston, Kansas, Kansas State, Minnesota, New Mexico, Texas Tech, Texas State and UTSA. He's also received very strong interest from Texas, which he attended a junior day two weeks ago. Although it's been his dream to receive an offer from TCU, he's not ready to make a decision just yet and plans to wait the process out just a while longer.

"I know I want to wait out the process and see where everything goes, I don't want to commit too early," he said. "Everyone is pretty even; I can't really put one in front of the other right now. I like them all pretty equally."

Rated as the No. 1 center in Texas and No. 2 in the nation by FOX Sports NEXT, Mayes said the Frogs offered him as a center with the possibility of transitioning to guard.

"They said their numbers are pretty limited at center and they need someone to come in and they said with my size and strength that they wouldn't have a problem moving me to guard," Mayes finished.

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