UO makes Mayden's list after extending offer
Loaded with a litany of offers already, 2016 Scout 100 prospect Jared Mayden added another school to the list on Tuesday. Oregon offered the the four-star Sachse (Tex.) cornerback and his teammate Devin Duvernay, a 2016 four-star wide receiver. The offers were extended by offensive coordinator Scott Frost, who stopped by the school during the Ducks bye week. “I was happy,” he said. “I was excited actually.” The 6-foot, 190-pound Mayden has been in contact with Oregon secondary coach John Neal since the beginning of the summer and the two developed a bond which ultimately led to the early offer. “He’s a real good guy,” Mayden said. “He really does know what he’s talking about. He’s a real good coach, a real down to earth person.” Back in July, Mayden released a list of 10 favorites that included Baylor, Texas A&M, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Louisville, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Ohio State, Rice and TCU. After receiving his Oregon offer, he said he can finally insert them into that list. “I had made a Top 10 and that was a school that I really wanted to put on there but because I didn’t have an offer from them I couldn’t,” he said. “But now that I do, they’re already pretty much in the top five.” Mayden is unsure of who will join Oregon in that final five, but he plans on cutting his list by the end of the season. As far when he will visit Eugene, he indicated that it could be a while before that happens. “I’ll probably wait until this summer if anything to get down there,” he said. “(I need to) save a little bit more money. If not, I’ll probably take an official visit my senior year.” Mayden also discussed his plans for making a decision. “I did want to do it in February,” he said. “But with Oregon offering me, I don’t have any time to make it up to Oregon now. It’s kind of something I want to do before I commit. It wouldn’t be smart for me to commit now unless there was a school that, no matter who offered me, that’s where I want to go period.” On the gridiron, Mayden has only played in two games so far during his junior season after being sidelined with a concussion and subsequent illness he developed from the medication given to him to treat it. He played at “70 percent” last week, but feels he will be fully recovered in time for Friday’s matchup at home against Garland.
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