Marcus Maye talks Tide visit

It was a busy weekend for Marcus Maye from Holy Trinity Episcopal in Melbourne, Fla. The 2012 safety prospect traveled to Tuscaloosa for Friday's Iron Bowl, and took in the Florida State-Florida game Saturday in Tallahassee.




"It's been quite a weekend," said Maye. "I had a great time in both places. In Tuscaloosa, it was a great game. The atmosphere was unbelievable. You could feel the electricity in the stadium. Unfortunately, Alabama lost a very close game."

Maye made the trip with his high school coach, Tracy Biggs. Biggs has accompanied Maye on all of his recruiting trips so far to college campuses. It was their first trip to the Capstone.

"Alabama has a great campus," said Maye. "The people seemed very friendly. I had a chance to talk to Coach (Jeremy) Pruitt, who coaches the defensive backs. He seemed impressed with what he's seen from me. All of the coaches were very nice. It was a good visit. I enjoyed it."

Although many think Maye, 6-1, 190, has a big upside at defensive back, he plays running back for Holy Trinity. He rushed for 1,030 yards with 21 touchdowns in six games this season. Maye had 13 carries for 313 yards and four touchdowns in the game against John Carroll. Unfortunately for Maye and the Holy Trinity Tigers he sustained an injury in the game which would sidelined him for the next four.

"I ruptured my calf muscle," said Maye. "In the four games I missed, we lost all four. It was a rough year. We had nine starters get injured."

Maye has offers from Miami, Florida State, and Florida to his credit. He's also a highly regarded basketball player and has been offered by Florida State in basketball as well. He stayed in Tallahassee on Sunday to watch the Seminoles take on the Gators on the hardwood.

"I've now been to Alabama, Florida State, Miami, Florida, and Auburn," said Maye. "I don't think I'll commit until next year after my season is over. I want to go somewhere I can play right away, know the coaching staff has a plan to use me, and academics. I want to feel comfortable with the coaches and how they treat me as a person. Finding good teammates is also important to me. I want to play with great people not just great players."

The Tigers finished their season at 4-6. Holy Trinity is a small, private school in Brevard County. Their last big-time recruit was class of 2004's Ray Herring who went on to play at Notre Dame. Maye is helping the school get more recognition in athletics.

"My goal for my senior year is to help us win a district championship," Maye said. "For myself, I want to have 2,000 yards and make first team All-State."

In addition to basketball, Maye excels at track. He specializes in the 100 and 200 meter dash and was the key component in Holy Trinity's 4x1 relay championship. As a sophomore he was named 1st team All-State (1B). His cousin is Joe Cohen who played college football at Florida and spent 3 seasons in the NFL. Maye wears No. 21 for the Tigers.

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