Taylor Mays: Let the People Ponder

"I don't have a specific date when I'm going to let my decision out," said Seattle safety Taylor Mays (6-3, 220, 4.5). "I already have a pretty good idea of what I'm going to do. The radio report that I had narrowed it down to two schools was wrong. There's probably a 100% chance that I'll go with the school that I'm thinking about now."

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Seattle (Wash.) defensive back Taylor Mays (6-3, 220, 4.5) is taking a visit to Washington tomorrow (Friday) with both of his parents. He denies the visit is to tell Tyrone Willingham that he has decided to be a Husky. "I'll let people ponder that if they want, but it's not true," said the superb prospect from O'Dea High School.

"My parents and I are going over there because my mom hasn't met coach Willingham yet. I'm not going there to make my decision. There's no chance that word will leak out tomorrow about what I'm going to do because I'm not going to tell anyone. Maybe rumor will leak out, but that's all. It'll just be rumor.

"I don't have a specific date when I'm going to let my decision out. Probably within the next week. I already have a pretty good idea of what I'm going to do. The radio report that I had narrowed it down to two schools was wrong. There's probably a 100% chance that I'll go with the school that I'm thinking about now.

"It's been a reoccurring thing with me about my choice for about two months now. It just kept getting stronger and building steam. Recently, I've just gotten more confident about my choice. It just feels right," he said.

"No, I can't tell you what I'm going to do. My parents know and my coach knows, but nobody else. I'm not going to tell any coaches tomorrow. When I decide to let it out, I'll call the coaches of the schools that I'm not going to, then I'll call the school that I am attending and some local news media.

"It's down to Washington, Michigan and USC. I'm just looking for the opportunity to play early. I like competition. I just want to be the best and I'm choosing a school that will give me the best chance to be the best.

"I just want to play on a big stage…but I also want to play wide receiver and these three schools all said I could. Coaches think I'm a better defensive back because my combination of size and speed is more helpful on defense, I think. I'm a big safety who can match-up on bigger wide receivers. There aren't many big safeties that move as well as me. But I want to play offense to, because I can.

"I really respect coach Willingham," said Mays. "Washington is only 10 minutes from my house. My dad, Stafford, played nose guard there and his brother played for Washington too. But I don't feel any pressure from my dad to go there. We've been to a lot of Husky games, but he knows it's my decision and he doesn't hold any bias.

"I really like the Big House at Michigan. My position and recruiting coach, Ron English, has been the coach that I've been closest to this whole process. I connect with him on a different level. He's really made more of an effort to get me than anyone.

"At USC, you notice the level of competition, the coaching and the atmosphere that surrounds them," he said. "The atmosphere there is fast and the players are all working to be the best. Their practices are amazing. My aunt Barbara lives in L.A. too. I'm close with her and that would be a plus for me, but not a deciding factor.

"My favorite players are Deion Sanders and Sean Taylor."


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