Size: 6-foot-5, 286 pounds
Hometown: Van Alstyne, Tex.
School: Van Alstyne
Position: Offensive Tackle
Committed: June 18, 2012
Other Offers: Kansas State, Colorado, Colorado State, UConn, Houston
Thoughts on Signing With the Golden Gophers
"It means a lot to finally officially be a Gopher. I've been committed since June and I've always felt like part of the family but it'll be really awesome to finally have it be official."
Prep Career Highlights
As a junior, Mayes earned All-District, Second Team All-State, All-Area and All-Texomaland honors after helping lead Van Alstyne to the regional finals.
Coach Matt Limegrover's Take
"Alex is a guy that we've known about for quite awhile. Coach Poore did a great job of finding Alex and we were able to create a very good relationship with him. He's got nothing but potential written all over him. He's a big kid, got a great frame, moves well."
Camp Scouting Report
One of the most talented players at camp was 2013 OL Alex Mayes. The older Mayes brother was listed at 6-foot-5 and 286 pounds, which for his age is pretty ideal. He has a very athletic build that can hold a lot more weight once he gets into a college weight and eating program.?
His build is a big advantage for him right now because he is very quick and agile for a big lineman. He showed very quick feet while holding a solid base in blocking drills. Alex got off the ball really well and was one of the most mobile of the offensive line group, something you are looking for in a tackle recruit. Another point that separated Alex was his quick, yet powerful, hands. He was good at getting his hands inside that of the defender, giving him a good deal of leverage.?
In the blocking drills, I was really impressed with Alex. On the first play, he threw his guy to the ground with ease. When he found someone who could match his strength, I was impressed with the way Mayes kept pushing, holding his ground against most of his opponents.?
In the 1-on-1 pass rush simulation, Mayes allowed a sack on one of his first attempts. What I liked was that he went to Matt Limegrover, got some coaching tips, and went out and dominated the next rep, something that Limegrover loved. Alex was able to use his quick feet and size to stay in front of most of the defenders for an extended period of time.?
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