Cole Bennett will try to make his mark as a tight end this season at the college level while his high school teammate and friend, Cameron Mayo, takes the field for one more fall before hitting the collegiate gridiron. With a growing list of colleges interested in signing him, the son of a former University of Tennessee offensive lineman's toughest assignment as a senior may be sorting through the offers to pick a college.
Tennessee is among the programs recruiting Mayo, who plays offensive tackle in high school. Auburn is recruiting him as a center, he notes. His father brought Cameron to a one-day camp at Auburn in July where the DHS standout was one of the most impressive players at the session.
Cameron Mayo's top six teams include five from the Southeastern Conference.
Mayo says he likes what he has seen of the Tigers so far. The feeling was mutual. AU line coach Hugh Nall offered the lineman a scholarship after Mayo returned to Dalton. Mayo is also considering Ole Miss, Florida, Clemson and South Carolina. He has offers from many other colleges and says he has his dad's approval to look around. "He wants me to go to whatever school I like," Mayo says.
Mayo, who measured 6-3 1/2, 256 pounds at the AU camp, is still growing. He just turned 17. "I think I will grow at least two or three inches," he says. "In college my dad was 6-5 and around 300 pounds."
Mayo showed excellent feet and excellent technique at the Auburn camp. As a senior, he is trying to get even quicker and has more goals. "I am working on improving my strength in my arms and legs," says Mayo, who benches 280 to 290 pounds and squats around 400.
An honor student like his friend Bennett, Mayo's strong academic credentials make him an even better prospect. Commenting on his friend Bennett, who had his senior season cut short due to a knee injury, Mayo tells Inside the Auburn Tigers, "Cole is real good. He is about six-foot-five but he can really run. He used to play outside linebacker and tight end for us. He should be real good."