Buffs in top three for Mayes

Offensive linemen are a priority for Colorado in the 2013 class and the Buffs have captured the attention of Van Alstyne, Texas, standout left tackle Alex Mayes, who plans to visit Boulder later this month. Get inside for more.

Alex Mayes said he has nearly 10 offers and identified three favorites from that group. What is most interesting about the three schools he likes best is that he has visited two of them -- Kansas State and Minnesota -- and Colorado made the list without a visit.

Mayes, who is being recruited by tight ends coach and special teams coordinator J.D. Brookhart, will be in Boulder later this month. He said he is hoping to make a decision by late July or early August after he has visited all or most of the schools in which he is interested.

"I love Colorado so far, even though I haven't been up there," Mayes said. "Just the things I've heard, it sounds like a great program.

"I heard it's beautiful up in Boulder. So I'm really excited about going up and seeing everything."

Mayes will visit Oklahoma State and TCU this week. He said he has made unofficial visits to almost every major program in Texas. He also has visited Minnesota, Kansas State, Kansas and Tulsa. He said he still plans to visit CU, CSU and Arizona State. He might be ready to make a decision at that point.

Mayes said he has no preference for a particular conference and whether a school will allow him to play in Texas in front of family and friends more than others. He said he likes the idea of playing for the Buffs in the Pac-12.

"I'm really excited about Colorado and playing over there on the West Coast against all those guys," Mayes said. "There is good competition over there in the Pac-12."

Mayes spoke with Brookhart on the phone Tuesday regarding his plan to visit Boulder this month. Mayes said Brookhart has been to his school to see him and they get along well.

"He really likes me and I really like him," Mayes said. "The way he portraits Colorado and all the stuff he has told me, I'm excited about going up there and seeing it with my own eyes."

Mayes is a three-year starter for his high school team, which has played at the Class 3A level in the past but will drop down to 2A this year. Mayes said he plays in a spread offense that emphasizes the running game a lot.

"We're more of a run team, but we throw quite often in our games, too," Mayes said. "Our running back was ridiculous last year. He had the fourth highest single-game rushing total in Texas all-time.

"...We're just going to dominate the whole time. I'm looking forward to that. Everybody thinks the smaller classes aren't that good, but Texas football is Texas footbal and players are players."

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