Alex Mayes talks K-State offer

MANHATTAN, Kan, - Forty miles north of the Big D skyline sits Van Alstyne, Texas. Alex Mayes has been a staple on the Van Alstyne Panthers offensive line for three seasons. The 6-foot-6, 275-pound left tackle, has six Division 1 offers from a variety of locations.

"My offers are from Colorado, Minnesota, Houston, UConn, Kansas State, and Kansas," said Alex Mayes. "The Kansas offer was from the old staff, but the new coaches said they would honor it. Arizona State and Mississippi State told me if I would come out there for a visit they would offer me, but money-wise I haven't been able to do that yet."

Mayes has been on Junior Day events at Minnesota, Texas Tech, who he believes is close to extending an offer, Texas A&M, Tulsa, and Kansas State.

"It was awesome up there," Mayes said of his trip to Manhattan, Kansas. "I had the chance to speak with Coach Snyder, who is a great man. Joe Bob Clements is my recruiter. I think he's an awesome guy. Kansas State has a great program. I really thought the facilities there were phenomenal and the atmosphere was fantastic. The fans are in love with their football team."

It was Clements, K-State's Running Game Coordinator, who offered Mayes in a phone conversation. Mayes was impressed with what he told him.

"Coach Joe Bob said he thought I would be a good fit within the program," Mayes stated. "He liked how explosive I was off the ball. He thought I had good footwork for a big man. The coaches like my size and think I can add more weight. They said I have great potential in Division 1 football."

In helping the Panthers to a 9-4 season in 2011, Mayes was named Second Team All-State (3A) and First Team All-District (10/3A).

"Our offensive line coach does give us a grade after every game," said Mayes. "I made mostly A's. This year I was really a lot more aggressive in my blocking. I played with more of a mean streak. Being a three-year starter, I felt like my experience was also a big factor in having a successful year."

Van Alstyne is moving to Texas 2A for the 2012 season. While Mayes hopes of playing for a state championship, he relishes getting the chance to play one more season with his younger brother.

"My brother, Connor, is a sophomore center," Mayes said. "I love playing with him. We share a close family bond. We've always hoped of some day playing at the same college, if possible.

"A good coaching staff with a good family environment is what I'm looking for in a program. I don't want to be just a number to the coaches of a player passing through the ranks. I want to play for coaches who take the time to know their players and be a part of something special."

Mayes' speciality event is the shot put in track and field. He missed qualifying for state at the regionals by three inches. Academically, he reports a 3.2 GPA and wishes to major in Pre-Law in college.

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