Mayes Garnering Significant Interest

After a stellar sophomore season throwing for 1,329 yards and 12 touchdowns, Brad Mayes has garnered significant interest from all over the country from collegiate institutions in hopes of adding the signal caller from Berkeley Prep to their 2015 class, including the hometown South Florida Bulls.

Tossing the pigskin for over 1,300 yards and 12 touchdowns in his sophomore campaign, rising junior Brad Mayes has seen his interest from collegiate schools expand over recent months.

Currently holding one offer from UMass, Mayes has several schools inquiring about his services to possibly be their future signal caller under center for their offense. There's a pack of schools that have turned up the heat on Mayes as of late.

"Showing the most interest right now has to be Florida State, Georgia, South Florida, UCF, Florida, Penn State, Boston College and South Carolina," Mayes said.

Finding time in his busy fall schedule, the Tampa Berkeley star made the short trip this past Saturday to watch the Bulls take on McNeese State in Raymond James Stadium and enjoyed himself.

"They have a lot of good athletes and coaches that I've met," Mayes added. "I'm sure they're going to bounce back. Overall, they lost and it's obviously not what they went out there looking to do. I'm sure they'll bounce back. They have a lot of good athletes and coaches."

Previously receiving interest from Skip Holtz and the old Bulls staff, Coach Taggart and the current staff have kept steady contact, making Brad a priority.

"The new coaches came in and I resent my film and then they started talking to me, like Coach Sheridan and Coach Reeves," Mayes said. "They like me a lot. I've been over there to visit a couple times. Other than that, they've stayed in contact quite a bit. The coaches told me to send film a couple games into the season and then go from there."

With a little under two years until Mayes can sign his LOI, Mayes is no hurry to give his commitment to a lucky school anytime soon.

"It all depends with what happens with this season," Mayes said. "It also comes down to what offers I get, or if I get any at that. Right now I don't have a certain date or anything. Only time will tell, if I do well this season and I get a bunch of offers, it could be after the season. I may have to wait during my senior year to get some offers. It may be after my senior season. You never know."

With never knowing what your future might hold, academics will be a priority for Brad and his family going forward in the recruiting process.

"First is education because of the school I go to now," Mayes said. "Berkeley is one of the better educational schools in Tampa. That's really high with my parents. If I don't make it, hopefully I do, but I'll still have that. Second is my relationship with the coaches. I want it to be fun playing. I don't want to dread going to practice because of certain coaches. I can play in any offense and the location doesn't matter to me either."

Mayes has visits set up to Florida for their games against Tennessee and Florida State. Brad also hopes to visit USF for the Louisville game and Central Florida for the South Carolina game.

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