Miami (FL) safety Val Mayes has drawn some praise early this year for how he has grown physically and as a football player. He has two ACC offers and one is from NC State. Despite the offer, the Wolfpack appears to be in wait and see mode.
Mayes got his first offer from NC State in February and at the time he had just been in minimal contact with an NC State coach. Since then the Pack's interest has been off and on although they have stayed in touch. Receivers coach George McDonald is who Mayes believes is his recruiter but they have only spoken once. Mayes believes he still has an offer but everyone knows that a school’s interest can best be determined by measuring the amount of time coaches spend talking to the player in question.
“When he offered he told me they liked me and everything but they didn’t want me to commit. I’m assuming they wanted to watch my film a little bit.”
Mayes believes his coach Daryle Heidelburg was talking to McDonald about him and gave him a strong review and endorsement. Mayes said that led to the offer so he credits his coach for taking a positive role in helping him. His nice words got Mayes and his film in front of Dave Doeren’s desk but the coaches appear to be taking their time since that first contact.
“I’ve been doing good at camps and little seven on seven things so that could be some of it.”
He knows the limitations of his own knowledge when it comes to some of the schools he has heard from. Mayes will tell you freely that he does not know anything about NC State but if the coaches talk to him again he would do what they ask whether that means research, talking to them more or even visiting.
“I would love to go on an unofficial visit over there to see how the program’s looking. I believe they offered Emmett Rice our linebacker. I think they offered our offensive tackle Kadeem Telfort and I think they offered Vosean (Joseph) another linebacker.”
Those offers might have happened but it will be tough to close the deal with those players Mayes mentioned. Rice is committed to Florida State, Telfort to Miami and Joseph to Florida. At least Miami Norland seems to be distributing their best players to the state’s best known programs without bias.
Mayes does not have an offer from those schools yet but he does have NC State and Louisville. If Mayes got an in state offer it would probably carry a lot of weight because he does like the idea of being close to home too. He said however that as long as his family would have a way to travel and watch him play then he would be okay with any school that offers. He was at Florida State with Rice this year and would love an offer from the Seminoles.
In March Mayes went to the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl camp in Fort Lauderdale and earned more respect for how he played there. He is showing that he could be able to play some cornerback in college even though he plays safety now.