Taylor Mays Dominates Wideouts At Stanford Nike

GoBlueWolverine.com has scouting reports and interviews with the stars of Saturday's Stanford Nike Combine. First up: Seattle O'Dea's safety Taylor Mays. He dominated the wide receiever's during the day, and he and his former NFL father talked to us about his summer recruiting trail -- including a trip coming up to Michigan.

Taylor Mays Profile

Safety Taylor Mays of O'Dea High School in Seattle was GoBlueWolverine.com's top performer at the Stanford Nike Camp.
We first spoke with Taylor's father, Stafford Mays, who told us, "After my college days at Washington, I played several years for the Cardinals -- along with Dan Dierdorf (Ed. note: Mr. Mays was a Cardinal DE from 80-86; the former Wolverine great Dierdorf was a Cardinal OT from '71 to '83). Dierdorf said if I don't send Taylor to Michigan he'll embarrass me on national television!"

So are you guys coming over to Michigan this summer?

"We'll be in Ann Arbor on the 26th or 27th of June."

You're taking in Notre Dame too?

"Notre Dame? Um, yeah."

We spoke to Taylor the first time when he was coming out of the testing area. He was not happy with the results, telling us, "I scratched my 40 time."

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Taylor Mays performs during drills at the Stanford Nike.
Really? How bad was it?

"A 4.5."

He scratched a 4.5 sec. 40, electronic! He added that he didn't test in anything else.

During the QB-WR-DB drills Mays was the dominant force on the field (along with Fresno wideout David Ausberry). The big 6-3, 215-pound safety made himself known by making the only interception of the day on his very first try, and after that drew ohs and ahs from the spectators as he blanketed his men like an agile little cornerback.

After the combine was over we told Taylor he'd probably get 10-15 more scholarship offers after his performance. He answered, "I don't want any more offers. I have the ones I want."

Okay ... then when do you plan to make your decision?

"I'd really like to make it in August, before the season starts. Or at least get it narrowed down to just a couple schools."

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Mays snags an interception during one-on-one drills.

Mays has a top seven: Michigan, USC, Notre Dame, Nebraska, Washington, California and Oklahoma, all of whom have offered. And he has a top four: Michigan, USC, Notre Dame and Washington. There were several USC coaches at the combine, and they tag-teamed saying hi to Mr. Mays during the day -- so by the looks of it this one may just come down to a Wolverine-Trojan War.

Photos by Don Hoekwater / GoBlueWolverine.com Staff

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