Chad Mayse of Mentor High School (OH) is a fine LB whose amount of publicity barely reflects his performance on the field. We have been trying to reach Mayse for some time now since there not a lot is known about him. However, after speaking with Chad, it is apparent he is a great LB prospect.
"I'm more of a cover LB with good speed and good hands," describes Mayse about his game. At 6'2", 230 lbs, Mayse has good size for his position, and projects to be a LB in college. He ran a 4.6 forty at the Ohio State camp, of which Mayse says "My 40 at Ohio State was the best from any camp I have been to this summer." Mayse also recorded a 32" vertical jump at Ohio State.
"I performed my best at the Ohio State camp," says Mayse, "they're up there at the top right now. I like the facilities and the coaching staff is very well trained. The campus is very nice – it's just an all around great place."
Mayse says he took a particular liking to Buckeye LB coach Mark Snyder. "The basics were the most important thing I learned at camp. I feel like the little things will put you over the top, and those are the things I like to work on – the technical stuff."
One of the technical elements Mayse feels he needs to develop after attending camp is his footwork. "I have noticed footwork is one of the main things coaches look for. I noticed when coaches pulled me aside for individual work with the LB coach they look at that," says Mayse.
To improve his footwork, Mayse says he has been performing a lot of ladder drills, stations with his team, jumping, stretching, and leg exercises to keep his legs strong. He has been spending a lot of time in the weight-room to get stronger, and even gave up playing baseball to concentrate on his strength. "Baseball cut into a lot of weightlifting time and I thought that might hurt me. I work a lot on speed and agility too," explains Mayse.
Last season, Mayse recorded 83 tackles, 9 sacks, 9 QB pressures, 5 knockdowns, and 2 interceptions. He earned defensive player of the week honors for the Mentor Cardinals twice and was named a First Team Defensive Player by Cleveland's The Plain Dealer and the News Herald in addition to Second Team Northeast Ohio honors.
Mentor lost in the regional finals last season to Warren Harding (alma mater of current Buckeye star Maurice Clarrett). Mayse hopes to make it to the big game this year and earn a state championship. "We're going to be excellent again this year. We have a lot of returning players at key positions," explains Mayse. "Our QB and receivers are coming back and our LB core is going to be stacked again too."
"The best I can hope for is to perform to the best of my ability and get my name out," says Mayse, "I push myself to the limit to make myself better and to be on top of my game."
With this work ethic and dedication, fans can expect to hear a lot more about Mayse during the 2003 season. With a breakout year from the Mentor LB, the offers will keep rolling in for this Northeast Ohio standout.