Mayberry Draws AState Offer
Kyle Mayberry said all the Arkansas State Red Wolves needed to do was see him live.
So after the Red Wolves’ defensive line coach Brian Early stopped by Tulsa Booker T. Washington high school the young cornerback got the news he had been expecting to hear.
“I felt like the offer was coming,’’ said Mayberry, who is a second cousin of former Arkansas State basketball player Barry Mayberry. “I’ve been waiting on Arkansas State to offer. Coach Early and I have been talking for a while and he said he just wanted to see me in person.”
The offer was his third from a FBS school – Wyoming and Army. He also has offers from Missouri State, Sam Houston, South Dakota, Austin Peay and some other FCS schools.
“I’m very interested in Arkansas State,’’ he said. “I am going to try and get over there for an unofficial real soon.”
Mayberry (5-foot-11, 166 pounds) did a lot for the Hornets. After playing mainly at receiver as a sophomore, he added cornerback to his duties as a junior. He also returns punts and kickoffs.
“They did not throw to me a lot, but they did when it was clutch time,’’ said Mayberry, who scored five touchdowns on offense. “I think of myself as a defensive player. It fits my personality of being aggressive and confident.
“I love being placed on the other team’s top receiver and being placed on an island going one on one. I only had three passes completed on me last season.”
He said he led the state of Oklahoma in punt returns 500 return yards on 35 attempts. On kickoff returns he wasn’t as active.
“In Oklahoma when the ball goes into the end zone you can’t run it out. A lot of teams just would not kick to me.”
With a 40 time in the 4.4-range, Mayberry is also one of the top sprinters in the state. He finished fifth in the 100 meters, clocking a 10.67 seconds. He also runs the 200 (22.1) and long jump (23-0 feet). He was part of the BTW 4x100-meter relay team that finished first in the state meet.
Mayberry also has another connection to A-State. Ex-teammate T.J. Harris signed with the Red Wolves in February and will be in Jonesboro this summer.
“He is the hardest working person I have ever worked out with,’’ Mayberry said of Harris. “He is getting huge.”