Sun Devils making pitch to Mayden

One of the top defensive backs in Texas has actively spoken with Arizona State and is considering an official visit to the school in the fall.

Last month, four-star cornerback prospect Jared Mayden opened back up his recruitment.

The corner from Sachse High School in Texas backed off of his top three school list of Ohio State, Oregon and TCU. Mayden’s recruitment has been open for about a month and Arizona State has crept back into the mix. But, it still appears to be a long shot for the Sun Devils to sign him, at least at this stage.

Mayden said he does not have a front runner at the moment. He also said he will narrow down his choices again before the Nike Opening Finals in July at the Nike Headquarters.

Mayden told Scout.com that he wants to commit at the Opening Finals.

He said he last spoke with ASU coaches approximately two weeks ago.

“I talk to the coaches and we have conversations,” Mayben said. “It’s not as often, but we still do communicate every once in a while and they want me to come down and visit.”

He said he will not be making an unofficial trip to Tempe in the spring and summer. But, he said it is a possibility he will make an official trip during the season this fall.

Mayden is a rare cornerback specimen, at a lanky 6-foot-1 and 190 pounds. He is the top rated cornerback prospect in the state of Texas.

Therefore, he has a ton of eyes on him with over two dozen total offers.

Mayden will visit Eugene next weekend for an unofficial visit to Oregon. He will also travel to Alabama April 10. He will make trips to Arkansas and Florida State before he makes his commitment.

Mayden might not be taking an unofficial visit to ASU but he does have some interest in seeing the campus. He knows fellow high profile 2016 recruit Bryon Murphy from Saguaro High School in Scottsdale, Ariz. Murphy said Mayden should check out the school.

Byron Murphy, he plays on my 7-on-7 team, and he said he took a visit there and he said he really liked the visit and that I should probably take a visit up there before I commit,” Mayden said.

Mayden said he has talked mostly with ASU defensive coordinator Keith Patterson.

In their conversations, Patterson said Mayden will be used a boundary corner for ASU. Mayden believes he plays with the physical nature that the position calls for.

“When they talk to me they seem like they really, really know how they would use me in their system,” Mayden said. “They say that they want to us me really just to shut down the guy for the opposite team, mostly just play into the boundary and I could just lock down guys that they bring to the boundary.”

With only a couple months before the Opening Finals, time is running out for the schools recruiting Mayden to put themselves in good position before he cuts his list again. Any school vying for the cornerback’s bid will have to impress him in two ways.

Mayden is looking for solid coaching and wants to contribute to a team quickly.

“It will probably have to do with the coaching and getting the opportunity for me to get on the field early,” Mayden said. “I mean, even if I was redshirted, the opportunity to get on the field the next year or as soon as possible.”


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