Mayden breaks down top five

Sachse (Tex.) cornerback Jared Mayden discusses why each of his top five schools made the cut.

Four-star Sachse (Tex.) cornerback Jared Mayden released his top five on Tuesday and Oregon, Texas A&M, Rice, Ohio State and TCU remain alive to land the 2016 prospect. The junior, a Top 100 prospect and top three at his position according to, broke down why each of the programs made the cut with eDuck on Thursday.

Oregon — “I’ve been talking with to Coach (John) Neal since pretty much the summer and a little bit of spring of my sophomore year. I’ve been kind of building a relationship with him throughout the summer and from the beginning of the school year we’ve kept in contact. That’s kind of the reason they made it. Plus, I’m going to get down there and see campus soon. That’s a place I want to visit.”

Texas A&M — “Coach (David) Beaty is a real good friend of the family. He’s from Garland so he knows a lot of people and a lot of people know him. I’m really close with those coaches and it’s just a good experience. I went down there for a game and it was great.”

Rice — “Rice is a great academic school. I don’t see why it surprised everybody that they made it. I’m real good with the corners coach. Coach (David) Sloan is a good guy. My brother’s there. I know a lot of the players there, a lot of the coaches. When I go up to the games it’s a good family atmosphere. That’s why they made it.”

TCU — “TCU made the list because I’ve been around the staff. The defense there is real great. And, you know, it’s close to home. That’s always good. It’s a good academic school also. It’s a private school. It’s kind of a place I could see myself growing.”

Ohio State — “I took a visit down there and I absolutely loved it. I loved the campus and the coaching staff. I talk to Coach (Chris) Ash a lot. Coach (Kerry) Coombs keeps in contact. It’s a good academic school. And they have a good defense.”

The only program that Mayden has yet to visit is Oregon, but he’s continuing to plan out a trip with his mother for next year.

“I’ll probably make it up sometime in January,” he said.

Mayden intends to visit each school at least one more time before he commits, a date which he has yet to set in stone.

“Depending on how things go the commitment might still be in January,” he said. “But if I don’t feel ready to commit, I’ll just wait until the summer. Hopefully I’ll make it up to The Opening and get up to Oregon to see it again and then make my decision.”

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