Rathan-Mayes cuts list, will sign early

After a strong summer with CIA Bounce, Xavier Rathan-Mayes is ready to jump into the recruiting process. He cut his list to 10 schools on Wednesday and opened up about his plan for the rest of his recruiting process.

Xavier Rathan-Mayes is down to 10 schools.

After accumulating over 30 scholarship offers the 6-foot-4 guard out of Huntington (W.V.) Prep is now just considering Baylor, Connecticut, Alabama, Florida State, Kansas, Kentucky, Illinois, Memphis, Texas and UCLA.

"Mom and I just felt that it was the right time to cut it down," Rathan-Mayes told Scout.com. "We didn't want to go through the headache of having so many schools calling on a daily basis."

"We are happy with the 10 we have right now," he added.

Rathan-Mayes, Scout.com's No. 9 shooting guard, said he plans to sign during the early period.

"In the next two or three weeks we are going to cut it to five," he said. "My mom wants me to focus on this right now. She wants me to get this over with and sign during the early signing period so I'm going to do that."

Before Rathan-Mayes can take official visits he is going to have to take his standardized tests. He's planning to do that in September.

Although he can't take official visits yet, Rathan-Mayes can still take unofficial trips. He plans to visit Kentucky this week.

"We are going down this Friday," he said.

Are there any other trips scheduled?

"As of right now, no not yet," Rathan-Mayes said. "That's the only one I know of."

Rathan-Mayes said Kentucky recently turned up their recruitment of him.

"[Calipari] called and talked to me and he said he wants me and my mom to go up, so we are going to," he said.

"Coach Orlando [Antigua] and I have developed a relationship for a while now," Rathan-Mayes added. "He's somebody I'm comfortable with and I know my mom is comfortable with them. Their system fits the way I play and the personality I have."

Kentucky along with Florida State are recruiting Rathan-Mayes' teammate, Andrew Wiggins too. He said there's a possibility of the two playing together in college.

"We've talked about playing together," he said. "That's a decision we'll have to make if he does reclassify to 2013, which we don't even know yet. If he does, that's something we'll talk about."

"We've played together for a while now and we are a pretty good one-two punch," the four-star prospect added. "We both have Florida State and Kentucky on our lists. Both of our fathers played at Florida State so that's one of the reasons. The direction that Florida State is going in is a positive.

Rathan-Mayes is currently rated No. 42 overall in the 2013 recruiting class.

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