Freedom High (South Riding, Va.) receiver Robert Mayo pulled a Maryland offer back in January, took in the school for the first time in February and then saw a practice in March. The 6-foot-3, 200 pounder was at the Terps’ first spring practice March 11, and he couldn’t say enough about the program.
“I thought it was nice – real nice,” said Mayo, who has offers from UMD, Wake, NC State, Temple, Charlotte and ODU. “It was great seeing the receivers practice and watch them work. Seeing them go at it was real nice. It was also great talking to the coaches and getting up on campus again. I’m really liking it at Maryland.”
While the practice allowed Mayo an opportunity to see the wideouts in action, the highlight of the visit was speaking to assistant Chris Beatty afterwards. Not only does Beatty recruit Mayo, but he’s also his potential position coach.
“Coach Beatty and I were going over the offense and how the receivers work and what’s expected of them after practice,” Mayo said. “He really likes me and thinks I’d fit in well there. He told me I’d be great for the program and I remind him of Jordan Matthews, who he also trained at the college level. He tells me that all the time, and every time he says it, I’m like, ‘Dang.’ (laughs). Coach Beatty is a great guy and I could really see myself playing for him.”
Besides Beatty, Mayo also had a chance to interact with the current Terps. He said he spoke to several players after practice, but his conversation with quarterback Caleb Henderson, who is from North Carolina, resonated.
“Talking to the players was great,” Mayo said. “I talked to Caleb and he was actually coaching my 7-on-7 team last week. So I kind of knew him from that and he said Maryland was a great fit for him and I’d really like it there. He said the coaches really push you, but they’re great guys. So that meant a lot hearing that from him.”
During his first stay in College Park, Md., Mayo toured the campus and interacted with multiple staffers. This time, however, he had a chance to see the dorms where the football players stay.
“They were really nice,” he said. “The dorms really caught my eye. I loved those. They live great up there.”
Now that he’s seen the Terps twice, Mayo said Maryland is trending for him. He called them his “top choice” right now and thinks the school would be “a real good fit.”
“But I’m not going to commit just yet,” Mayo said. “I want to wait to see what offers come in this spring and then see where I’m at after that. But I really like Maryland. They’re No. 1 right now.”
Besides UMD, Mayo has taken in ODU. Next, he has Wake on March 25, although no trips are planned after that.
“I’d like to get to Florida State, though,” said Mayo, who is hearing from Va Tech and Buffalo and might land those offers soon. “That’s one school I’d love to get interest from.”
Mayo isn’t sure when he wants to commit, but is looking at a summer decision.