"I was recruited by Reggie Mitchell and I was so excited to get my first offer. I think Illinois is a great school with a great tradition. The elite was great. Chris Melvin and his staff did a great job of finding the top talent in the country. I had alot of fun defending the best talent in the country. The receivers were big and physical and it gave me a little glimpse of the kind of tall receivers I will have to defend on the college level. Purdue, UConn, Temple, BC, Syracuse, Maryland have all been in to see me. I'm so happy that Illinois gave me my first one. Now half of my dream is complete by earning a scholarship".
While Rutgers had been an early leader for Grant Mayes, they have not kept in touch as much.