Mayden recaps Oregon/OSU visits

Sachse (Tex.) cornerback Jared Mayden recaps his weekend of unofficial visits to Oregon and Oregon State. Did either make up significant ground with the four-star prospect?

With his family in tow, including 2018 quarterback prospect Jalen, four-star cornerback prospect Jared Mayden made his journey to Oregon and Oregon State over the weekend Last weekend won’t be the last time the 6-foot-1, 190-pound Sachse (Tex.) prospect, ranked in the top four nationally at his position according to, steps foot in the state before he picks a college but it was the only time he would’ve been able to check out both in-state programs. He plans on making his decision while participating at The Opening in Beaverton in July.

At Oregon, a team that was once in his top three, Mayden met with several players and got a good sense of what it would take to make it on the field early.

“I definitely felt welcome talking to some of the players like Ugo (Amadi), Charles Nelson and really just having conversations with them,” Mayden said. “Them telling me what Oregon is about, how (when) you get here your going to have to work hard freshman year really to get everything down. The transition from high school to college is a bit different and Arrion Springs, I talked to him for awhile. He was really just telling me straight up what I need to do to help myself get on the field.”

Mayden also talked shop with secondary coach John Neal, as well as defensive coordinator Don Pellum and head coach Mark Helfrich.

“Sitting in his meetings it was good,” “I got to see some of the terminology he uses. I got to see Coach Pellum and see what he was about. I talked to Coach Helfrich, he and my mom and my little brother and he’s saying that he really wants me to come be a part of the Oregon Duck tradition. It was definitely fun. Definitely a good fit.”

Mayden enjoyed touring the campus and watching the up-tempo practice the Ducks conducted while he was there. Overall, he said, it was a good visit. How it affected him going forward remains to be seen.

“They sit well with some of the other schools,” he said. “I really gotta see how the next few visits play out to where I really see where there at.”

At Oregon State, Mayden didn’t spend as much time with the players, but had a good experience with the coaching staff and observing a different style of practice.

“It was definitely good interacting with the coaches at Oregon State,” he said. “There practice was intense. When they started doing more of the physical stuff, practice really picked up. Their scrimmage was really physical also. It was definitely a fun visit.”

Mayden said that the coaches pitch to him was simple and effective.

“They’re a program on the come up,” he said. “They’re on the rise of being one of the top schools with the coaches they have their now. Really that they’re turning program around and it’s going to be a lot better than it has been.”

Like Oregon, Mayden said that he’ll have to wait until checking out Alabama this week and Florida State over the summer to see where they fit in overall. Mayden has no other visits planned outside of those two programs.

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