2013 offensive tackle Alex Mayes out of Van Alstyne High School has stayed busy this offseason with football training and powerlifting, but he's still managed to take some time away from his non-stop schedule to take a few Junior Day visits.
This next weekend, Mayes' will be taking a visit down to Texas A&M where he wants to reconnect with coach David Beaty (Wide Receivers), who joined the new Aggie coaching staff. Beaty had been recruiting Mayes last year while still with the Kansas football staff. He also wants to take the time to build relationships with the other coaches as well.
"I want to get to know the new offensive line coach (B.J. Anderson) and head coach (Kevin Sumlin)," Mayes said. "I want to see how they treat their players and interact with them. The tradition is the first thing that comes to my mind when I think of Texas A&M. With football they are a classic program that's been good since the beginning. I love their passion and rivalry against Texas. The student section and crowd's on their feet the whole game."
Mayes recently came back from his Junior Day visit to Baylor as well, where he was impressed by the program and facilities.
"It was a good experience," Mayes said. "I got to know Coach Jim Gush (Linebackers). They had great facilities. The weight room was insane with all the latest technology. They are very intense and dedicated. The coaches expect hard work and 100 percent from players. I like Baylor and its close to home."
But, Mayes isn't only talking to schools from his home state. The prospect is also getting looks from South Florida and Minnesota. The Golden Gopher's wide receivers coach, Pat Poore, recently came down to Mayes' high school and met with him.
Mayes plans to possibly attend the South Florida spring practice. In the mean time, the offensive tackle will be focusing on improving his lower body strength and footwork for next season.