Still, after making his camp rounds and getting to see what some of his favorite schools (Ole Miss, Southern Mississippi and Mississippi State) had to offer this summer, reports seemed to indicate he was leaning toward Starkville.
"If I committed today," he said June 21, "it would more than likely be State."
He didn't attend Ole Miss' senior camp Saturday, opting instead to travel to Hattiesburg for a camp at Southern Miss. And when he returned home, he began to consider his options. He was tired of waiting and dragging out the process.
Not to mention, one school was beginning to stick out more than the others.
"I've been to a lot of places and a lot camps, but Ole Miss was in my heart," Mayers said. "I knew it was Ole Miss, so that was my decision."
Mayers committed to Ole Miss Monday morning. A 6-foot-1, 208-pound linebacker/wide receiver, he became the ninth commitment in the Rebels' 2011 signing class. He chose Ole Miss over offers from, among others, Mississippi State, Alabama, Memphis and Southern Mississippi.
"It was (a tough decision), because I wanted to go to one of the in-state schools," he said.
"I knew one day I was going to go to either Ole Miss or Mississippi State. I've been thinking about it hard, but I just got tired of waiting. At Ole Miss, I felt like I had a future and a chance at making it to the NFL."
Mayers has also developed a strong relationship with the Ole Miss coaching staff, most notably defensive coordinator Tyrone Nix.
"I love the coaching staff, especially Coach Nix," he said. "I've gotten to know him real well. I've met (Ole Miss head) Coach (Houston) Nutt, too. He's a funny guy, great guy. I love the campus. This is where I want to be at."
As a junior, Mayers was named 2A All-State by the Mississippi Association of Coaches, after collecting 89 tackles, five sacks and four interceptions for Taylorsville High School in Taylorsville, Miss. He was also named to the All-Area Team by the Laurel Leader Call.
He isn't sure what his role will be in college, though he expects to find out how the coaches plan to use him fairly soon.
"I'm going to call the coaches tonight," he said. "We're going to talk about how they plan on using me, and stuff like that. I'll play wherever they need me. It really doesn't matter to me."