Mays Returns from Ann Arbor: Better than Expected

Five-star safety Taylor Mays of O'Dea High School in Seattle returned home Tuesday from his unofficial visit to the University of Michigan. It was the first time the talented star had been to Ann Arbor, and he said the trip was better than he expected.

The No. 2 ranked safety in the country according to, along with his mom and dad, returned from Ann Arbor on Tuesday. Taylor Mays told that while he liked Michigan sight-unseen, the trip was even better then expected. "I really felt comfortable with the coaches and hanging out with the players," he said. "My parents really like the coaches too."

Of course, the obvious question is, did he make a commitment? "No, no, no, I'm not ready to do that yet," he said, laughing. "But I am going to probably decide in the next two weeks or so. It is down to Michigan, U-Dub (Washington) Cal-Berkeley and USC. I've now been to all those schools and need to talk with my family and coaches and get their input."

Mays said he liked the fact that their is immediate playing time available with the Wolverines. "I could come in and play pretty much right away," he said. "That's a big deal for me."

It was a whirlwind visit for he Mays'. They flew in on Sunday night and toured the campus, athletic facilities, and checked out the town of Ann Arbor on Monday. "The town of Ann Arbor was really nice," he said. "I didn't think I would like it but it's a college town and I really hadn't experienced a town like it before. My parents enjoyed it too. It was a great visit."

The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Mays had originally planned to also stop by South Bend and check out Notre Dame, but decided against it. "I know I'm not going to Notre Dame," he said. "So there was no reason to visit. I'm down to the four schools I mentioned and will decide among those."

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