The 5-9, 210-pound senior may seem a bit small at first look, but his aggressiveness and blocking style on the field more than make up for a couple of inches.
The bruising senior had some injury problems early on in this season, which was his first as a varsity player at Griffin due to an obscure transfer rule that forced him to play junior varsity as a junior, but he is healthy now and helping his team roll into the playoffs.
"I got banged up right at the beginning of the season at practice one day," Mayo notes. "I twisted my ankle and I had a high ankle sprain and I was out like three weeks. Then, when I finally came back, I chipped a bone in my shoulder and I didn't block well while I had that chipped bone in my shoulder.
"My ankle has finally gotten healed up and my shoulder is well and I have just stepped up to the plate," Mayo continues. "My coach came and told me, 'This is the time of the season when I need you to step up to the plate. I didn't play you much because I wanted you to get well for late in the season because that is when we are going to need you the most.' And I said, 'I will give you my all.'"
The fullback adds that since he got back in action things have been going well for him personally and Griffin High, which is 4-0 since Mayo's return and 9-1 overall. Griffin has been running all over its opponents.
"I have been healthy for the last four Mayo says. "My last three games I have had over 100 yards rushing and we had two games where we had over 300 yards rushing between all of our backs."
Mayo adds that his team is now ready to start its playoff run in Georgia's AAAA classification, which starts this Friday against Thomas County Central.
As for his role in the offense, Mayo says, "Well, it is kind of both," he explains. "I do a lot of blocking and on occasion they put the ball in my hands because I can run the ball well. I am a great runner as well as a blocker."
On the recruiting front, the fullback says he is about ready to make a commitment. "I am really close to making my decision. Auburn has recruited me greatly and I really appreciate that. Right now Auburn is at the top of my list."
He says that the Auburn offense is big plus for the Tigers. "The way the backs run the ball--I have been watching them and they have been doing a great job. The coach told me that they don't even have a true fullback on campus so if they can turn a tailback into a fullback I feel like they can help me develop my game."
Mayo adds that he is still looking at a few other teams and some new teams have been giving him some late attention. "They are Georgia Southern, South Carolina and Georgia," he says about the other colleges on his list. "A couple of schools have gotten interested. Ole Miss came to visit and Florida State came to our game on Saturday."
Still, despite the increasing interest from the new suitors, Mayo says that he is likely going to make his college decision pretty quickly. "It will probably be at the end of November or the beginning of December," he explains. "Yeah, I am pretty close to making a decision."