Maye Commits to Gophers

After taking an official visit to Minnesota in December, Murphy (Ala.) athlete K.J. Maye brought his recruitment to a close, committing to Jerry Kill and the Gophers.

"I committed last night," Maye said. "Coach Kill came to my [basketball] game and then came to my house afterward."

After roughly four months of recruiting the 5-foot-10, 175-pounder, the Gopher coaches were elated to hear Maye pick Minnesota.

"Man they went crazy," he said with a chuckle. "Coach Kill jumped on me."

During the in-home visit, Maye's parents got a chance to host the Gopher head coach and some of his staff.

"They are big fans of all the coaches and the whole program," Maye said.

Choosing a school where he could get a quality education was always at the forefront of Maye's recruitment.

"I like the academic side," he said when asked why he picked Minnesota. "Sixteen players got over a 3.0. And the city, I like the city a lot."

The Golden Gopher coaches plan to get the versatile Maye touches at both running back and wide receiver when he dons the Maroon and Gold.

When asked to describe himself as a football, Maye answered succinctly, "Just a playmaker."

Maye plans to sign his letter of intent on February 1 at his school to officially become a Golden Gopher. Although he has won't enroll for a while, Maye is already looking forward to his time at the University of Minnesota.

"First things first, I just want to get my degree," he said. "But the second thing is just playing in front of the whole state of Minnesota."

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