Mays Close to a Decision; One Final Visit Ahead

As with all top recruits nearing a decision, the Taylor Mays saga is ripe with speculation and discussion. The five-star safety recently visited two teams that are among the final three vying for his signature in February. He'll visit the third school this week, and then make his announcement. spoke with Mays on Tuesday.

The buzz is deafening when the topic of conversation is five-star safety Taylor Mays of O'Dea High School in Seattle. He recently returned from an unofficial visit to USC and reports a glowing trip. "My dad and I went down for a day and it was a great visit," he said. "We watched a morning practice, then hung out for a bit and went to the afternoon session, then we came home."

Mays said he has narrowed his list of schools to three - USC, Michigan and Washington. He was in Ann Arbor at the end of July and had nice things to regarding the visit. How did the two compare? "Michigan is in a small college town and I thought that was nice," Mays said. "USC is in the big city so there are differences there. As far as the players it was pretty much the same, they're all intense."

The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Mays will take one more visit before announcing his decision. "I'm going to Washington on Thursday," he said. "I'll be there all day. I'll probably announce sometime in the next week. I have a pretty good idea of where I want to go but I just need to make sure."

Mays, the No. 2 rated safety in the country according to, has roots to the Husky program. His father, Stafford, played for U-Dub. However, the young man said his dad is leaving the decision entirely up to him.

Not one to make a fuss, Mays said there will be no press conference regarding this announcement. "I'll just call the coaches and let them know," he said.

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