One of the best 2016 cornerbacks in the country will visit Ohio State this week for their Friday Night Lights camp in Sachse (TX) standout Jared Mayden. He's a five-star prospect and ranked third at his position for his class.
The Buckeyes offered Mayden not long ago. He discussed his thoughts on Ohio State early on.
"It's a pretty high interest," he said of the Buckeyes. "You don't get to see how well you like them until you get out there and visit them, though. That's why I'm making the trip. They're one of the schools that intrigued me quite a bit once they offered."
"This is one of the visits I wanted to get done this summer," Mayden added. "The only out of state schools I've visited are LSU and Oklahoma. LSU is known for defensive backs and Oklahoma is actually pretty close to me. I'll visit some more for games in the Fall."
The visit to Columbus is a result of some pretty good timing and his relationship with a Buckeye assistant.
"It's a visit that fell into place," Mayden noted. "Most of the other out of state schools have finished all their camps. There was an opening in my schedule at this time and Ohio State was putting together a big event so it just made sense. Coach Ash told me about it and I didn't have anything to do so it was good timing."
"To me, I want to meet Coach Ash and the other staff members for the first time," he continued. "I want to see the whole campus, the stadium, and also speak to the players and see how their experience has been so far. Coach Ash and I talk quite a bit. He's one of the coaches I'm closest to."
The Buckeyes are definitely in the mix for Mayden and he's excited about having them as an option moving forward.
"I like the tradition they have," he pointed out. "They have a strong history throughout the program and they've been winning a lot of games, especially since Urban Meyer took over. I always hear about how amazing their stadium is so I'm excited to see that."
Ohio State has had success taking players out of Texas the past couple years, and one particular one could prove to be an asset when trying to convince Mayden to head to Columbus.
"I know Dontre Wilson, and he went to DeSoto High School in Texas," Mayden stated. "My mother and his father are good friends. My freshman year, he was the first person that told me that I'd be a big time recruit and would be a top prospect. He told me to start thinking about colleges then. He was right. Since he signed with Ohio State, his father has been speaking with my mother about them and giving them high praise. He's giving them the good word for sure, and trying to turn us onto Ohio State."
Mayden outlined his plans for the trip.
"I'll get there earlier in the week," he mentioned. "I'm leaving on Wednesday and I will arrive on Thursday night. I don't leave until Saturday. I'll be staying there a couple nights and getting a good idea about them. I'm competing during the camp. When I go to camps, I don't go to watch. I go to work and get an understanding of how well I can work with the position coach at the school."
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