Wash. Defensive Back Taylor Mays Up to 5 Offers

It's been over five years since the University of Michigan signed a football player from the state of Washington. It appears they are hoping to lure another top player away from the West Coast schools. <br><br> <b>Taylor Mays</b> of O'Dea High School in Seattle is also giving the Wolverines a serious look. Does he have a Michigan <i>offer</i>?<br><br> GoBlueWolverine Magazine spoke Tuesday with Mays, who said he just received another offer today. <br>

Defensive back Taylor Mays of O'Dea High School in Seattle said he received an offer today just out of the blue, "I got an offer from LSU today," he said. "I hadn't received one piece of mail, a call, or anything from them until the offer."

LSU joins Michigan, Stanford, Notre Dame, Washington, Washington State and Duke as schools that have offered the talented Mays. "Everyone is recruiting me for safety, except Michigan," he said. "They have talked to me about playing on both sides, being a 'Charles Woodson' type of player where I'd play receiver too. I like that idea."

The 6-foot-3, 218-pound Mays said he doesn't have a favorite, but is hoping a couple of offers materialize. "I've been more a fan of college football my whole life," he said. "So I'm just interested in seeing all the teams. I'll be going to UCLA on Thursday, then Friday I'm going to USC to let them watch some tape. We'll see if they offer after that." Mays said he will return from his Southern California trip and head to Washington's Junior Day on Saturday. He said he will also attend this year's Nike Camp at Stanford.

Mays' parents are alums of the University of Washington. His father, Stafford, played defensive end for the Huskies. Are the folks pushing Mays to stay close to home? "I think they'd like me to stay close to home," he said. "They would be happy if I went to one of the California schools, but I think they'll let me make my own choice. I want to look around."

Mays said he would like to avoid the stress of recruiting during his season, and plans on taking a few unofficial visits this summer. "It would be nice to know which school to pick before my season," he said. "So I'm going to take a lot of visits during the summer. I'd like to visit Nebraska; I also really want to check out Michigan. If I can I will go to their camp. There might be a conflict with my team's camp, but if not then I'll go. (Ron English) came by my school three weeks ago." Mays said. Stanford, Notre Dame, Florida, Washington, Washington State and Stanford have also visited O'Dea.

For his junior season, Mays reports 59 tackles along with five interceptions. As a wide receiver he said he had 25 receptions for roughly 600-yards and seven touchdowns. He also reports returning three punts for TD's. Does he want to return kicks in college? "I'd like to leave that for the quick guys," he said. "But if they need me to return kicks than I will." Mays reports a 4.41 in the 40.

Mays reports a 3.4 grade-point-average and would like to major in aeronautical engineering. "I'd like to design new types of planes, faster planes," he said.

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