Connor Mayes Earns Minnesota Offer

Van Alstyne (Texas) offensive line recruit Connor Mayes was on the University of Minnesota campus this weekend with his older brother, Alex. The younger Mayes enjoyed his trip to Minneapolis and left with an offer from the Golden Gophers.

"I liked everything about the visit," said Mayes, a 2014 recruit. "The players were very welcoming towards me and Alex. And the way the coaches coach their athletes was amazing. I would love to play for coach [Matt] Limegrover."

The city of Minneapolis was a big plus for Mayes.

"Minneapolis was awesome," he said. "We went to the Mall of America, Lake Calhoun, got to check out Dinky Town and had some amazing food."

Numerous institutions are already showing interest in the talented lineman including Colorado, Connecticut, Houston, and Kansas State—all of which are also pursuing Alex—but the Gophers are the first and only school to offer Connor.

"The most important factor to me is knowing that I'm needed and coach [Jerry] Kill already told me that they didn't want me just because of Alex, but because of my size and ability," he said.

While it's important to the younger Mayes brother that he feels a staff isn't recruiting him to get his elder brother, being able to play together at the division-one level has always been a dream the both brothers have shared. The Gophers having two pairs of siblings on the offensive line already is certainly a positive for the Gophers.

"It's a dream come true to have the opportunity to play on the same offensive line as my brother at the division one level," he said. "And I liked seeing the two other pairs of brothers on the offensive line there also. It really seems like a family atmosphere at the U."

Connor plays center for Van Alstyne but he wouldn't be against a position change.

"I'm not sure where they see me playing at on the line," he explained. "But I would happily move to any position they want me at."

Wherever the 6-foot-5, 315-pounder ends up, fans can expect to see a tough, physical lineman.

"I would describe myself as a very physical player with quick feet," Mayes said. "And from what the coaches told me, I have very accurate snaps. I would say that I have a definite mean streak. One of my stats this year was how many nose guards I took out of the game. I love run blocking. And I think I could improve more on my pass blocking."

While it is a dream to play with his older brother at the next level, Mayes will take his time and make sure the decision is best for him.

"I don't think I would commit right away because I'm still 15 and I want to be able to experience the recruitment process for myself," he said.

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