Mayden to release finalists this week

Sachse (Tex.) cornerback Jared Mayden is preparing to narrow things down and announce at The Opening. Which programs figure to be in his final list?

In just a couple of weeks, one of the nation’s premier cornerbacks from the 2016 class will choose his college program at The Opening. But for Jared Mayden, the camp will also be an opportunity to prove himself against the best players in the country and hopefully raise his ESPN ranking in the process.

“I want to show them why I should be ranked in the top 10,” he said. “I was in the top 10 at one point, but now I’m like 18. So I’m really just trying to get back out to another one of their camps to show them why I should be top 10.”

Mayden takes his spot in the rankings seriously and, at least in this instance, any perceived slight is used to help him elevate his game.

“It really helps you stay competitive,” he said. “That you don’t get complacent about where you’re ranked at. That’s why it’s really good for me to get down there and really get to prove myself.”

As for that decision, the finalists will be announced this week.

“I’m going to have a top list of school that I’ll release on Wednesday,” he said.

Alabama and Ohio State are two programs that should be among the finalists according to the four-star prospect.

“It’s a good relationship with them two,” Mayden said. “I’ve visited both the places, talked to all the coaching staffs. I feel comfortable with those two schools.”

Oregon, another program that Mayden had near the top of his list at one point, could also be a finalist. He’s maintained a healthy relationship with the coaching staff, who have reiterated they want Mayden to be a Duck.

“I talk to Coach (John) Neal, Coach (Don) Pellum, (head coach Mark) Helfrich," he said. "I definitely have a good relationship with them too.”

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