Rutgers wants tall, competitive receivers in its 2018 recruiting class. South Riding (Va.) Freedom three-star receiver Robert Mayo shows both on film.
A day after Mayo impressed at The Opening regional event in Clifton, Va., he received a verbal scholarship offer from Rutgers. Cornerback coach Henry Baker offered Mayo Monday afternoon, and said a coach would be in his school soon.
“I had actually never talked to the coaches before, but we just started talking for a couple minutes,” Mayo said. “Coach Baker said that he loved my film. I'd never talked to him before but he seemed like a great guy. He said he wanted to offer me a scholarship.”
Mayo also has offers from Maryland, Wake Forest, NC State and Old Dominion. Maryland has been his only visit in spring, and the Terps lead because of it.
“They're looking really good,” Mayo said. “I like what they're doing down there. They're my top school right now.”
Rutgers represents Mayo's second Big Ten offer. Four hours away from the school, Mayo could visit during the June camp circuit.
“Coach Baker said they really need big wide receivers and running backs,” Mayo said. “I told him I can play both. He thinks I would be a good fit for the program.”
The 6-foot-3, 200-pound Mayo plays primarily running back for Freedom High. He projects as a receiver at the next level.
“I'm a big, fast dude,” Mayo said. “That's what coaches have been saying. … I need to show I can get off the line faster and get off press. You don't see that because I play running back.”
Mayo is the younger brother of former Oakland Raider and New York Jet Thomas Mayo.
“He's telling me to always work hard and put in work every day because coaches are watching,” Mayo said. “No days off.”