3-Star offensive tackle, Alex Mayes, took a trip up to Manhattan, Kansas this weekend to visit Kansas State for the second time. During his visit, Mayes said what he enjoyed the most was getting to know head coach, Bill Snyder.
"It was awesome," Mayes said. "I love it up there. Coach Snyder is a great man. We talked to him for about a half hour. He's one of the best coaches ever. What he did with Kansas State with how he turned around the program is amazing. Snyder is such a genuine guy. He's a great man, who knows what he wants to do with the program. It was great talking with him."
Mayes said during the Junior Day, he was surprised at the amount of loyal fans that support the program.
"The crowd at the spring game was about 20,000 people," Mayes said. "It was legit. It was ridiculous. The fact that the whole state supports their program is great. I've been up here before, but I didn't realize how many people were behind it. It really surprised me. The best part of the visit was probably how much people love the program. There's so much support."
Mayes, who currently has close to ten offers, said that Kansas State is tied for first right now in his list of top schools.
"Kansas State and Minnesota are tied for first," Mayes said. This campus is definitely a place I could see myself for the next four years. One of the pros on Kansas State is it is half the distance from Minnesota. The program here has been successful the past couple years and it just seems like the whole state is behind the whole football team. I still have to go up to a game in Minnesota to see what its like. I feel like a celebrity up here and I'm just a recruit."
Mayes' relationship with the assistant coaches is another reason that he has fallen in love with the school.
"I spent a lot of time with Joe Gordan (Director of Recruiting)," Mayes said. "He
showed me around the school and took me to practice. Charles Dickey (Offensive Line) is also a good guy. He knows what he's doing. He's probably one of the best offensive line coaches in the NCAA right now. I have a good relationship with all the coaches. I liked the way practice was run. It was really sharp, quick and organized. The athletes looked amazing. It was top quality. Everyone looked so good. They were getting after it and working hard. I really liked it and want to be in a place like that."