Mays Interested in Notre Dame

Seattle's O'Dea high school seems to always have a highly rated football prospect, and this year is no different. Last year it was linebacker Anthony Felder, and this year it's Taylor Mays. At 6-3, 220 pounds, Mays was the state champion in the 100-meter and 200-meter last year. This year he has already registered a blistering 10.45 100-meter and a 21.4 200-meter. The unusual combination of size and speed will make him one of the top recruits on the west coast.

It's no surprise that nearly every major program in the country is recruiting. Does Notre Dame have a chance with this talented Seattle prospect?

"Oh yeah," Taylor Mays responded when asked if he's interested in Notre Dame. "I like their tradition. I go to a Catholic high school and there are a lot of kids from my school that go to Notre Dame."

"I've talked to Coach Weis in the past, and I've been in contact with coach Oliver regularly by email."

What was Taylor's impression of coach Weis when he spoke with him?

"I really liked him. He sounded like he was ready to get started, ready to turn the program around.

"I was supposed to speak with him today but wasn't able to," added Mays "So, I'll try to contact him tomorrow.

The May recruiting contact period is coming up and Taylor said that coach Weis and coach Oliver had already schedule a date at the end of May to visit him at his school.

He will likely take some official visits over the summer. At this time Taylor is planning on making a swing through the Midwest where he'll visit Notre Dame and Michigan.

It's still early in the recruiting process so does Mays have a list of top schools or a timeline for a decision?

"I'd like to get my list down to two to three schools by August and go from there. Right now everyone has a chance," Mays said.

Comments: Notre Dame will be selective when signing safety prospects in the 2006 recruiting class. The Irish will likely pass on other prospects unless they are the caliber of Mays. He is a premier player and a very good student. That combination will make him a prime target for coach Weis.


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