However, it wasn't until he visited Rutgers on Saturday did he receive an offer. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound athlete, who plays receiver and defensive back, had one extended during a morning meeting with coach Kyle Flood.
"It means a lot," said Hergy, who is from Montreal. "It made me happy."
Mayala had limited knowledge of Rutgers prior to his visit to campus, and the look of the Hale Center and the conversations he had with the coaches left him in awe.
"It was amazing. It was really nice," Mayala said. "We got there and they talked about what they're really about. We had meetings by position, and that is when the pulled us into (Flood's office) and that is when they told us they offered us.
"(Flood) is a really good dude and he's kind of funny. I liked talking with him."
However, it isn't only the football and the facilities that caught Mayala's eye.
"They are a really good academic school," he said. "That is something I didn't know." Mayala is also being recruiting by Minnesota, Massachusetts, Buffalo, Temple, Penn State and Maryland, and on both sides of the ball.
As a junior, he made 44 catches for 782 yards and five touchdowns. As a defensive back, he made 26 tackles and intercepted two passes.
"I didn't really know a lot about (Rutgers)," Mayala said. "But after today and talking to everyone, they care a lot about football."