It's been some time since I updated you on the recruitment of 6'2" 195-pound Florida linebacker Pat Maynor. All he did his junior year was tear up the Palm Beach area with 144 tackles, six sacks and five interceptions - though he missed the final two games of his season. He was a one-man wrecking crew, and I have had the pleasure of seeing his junior film. The tape backs up his statistics, showing his incredible closing speed and nose for the football. Moreover, this is a very nice kid off the field who plays equally nasty on the field. Every time he lays the wood to a ballcarrier, you can see he intends to plaster his target like a bug being crushed by a windshield.
Maynor's renowned Dwyer High School team is having a successful 9-1 season, ranked #4 in the state for class 5A football. Tonight they start the playoffs against Ft. Lauderdale Dillard, and it is their improved defense that has led the way.
"We had some weaknesses last year," Maynor begins. "But our defensive line is much better this year. Our whole team defense is improved, and we are sharing the tackles more broadly. But the team results are what matters, like our five defensive shutouts this year."
The fiery linebacker is averaging eight tackles per game, and he has forced five fumbles, though he missed some time this year with a shoulder injury. Still he can identify some improved individual play that has caught the attention of college coaches.
"My tackles are not up with our better team defense, but I think I'm playing better this year," the Palm Beach product states. "I'm playing faster this year. I have a better knowledge of the game. Everything just feels more natural to me."
That play has helped to attract some strong interest from Kansas State, who has invited him for an official visit to Manhattan, KS for a December 19 official visit. Stanford has continued to recruit him, dating back to their identification of him last spring, and his play finally won over the Cardinal coaches. Thursday night Maynor received a phone call from Stanford head coach Buddy Teevens, who made a scholarship offer to the defensive standout.
"I am so excited," Maynor told The Bootleg last night. "They are still waiting on my admissions decision, and Coach Teevens said they might know an answer as soon as tomorrow. He wanted to know if I might commit when I'm accepted, and they are my number one, but I told him I would like to visit the school first. He said that their first visit weekend is December 5, so that is possible. I also have the visit to Kansas State scheduled in December, and they tell me that I am pretty high on their list."
The strong student-athlete has academic credentials to match his football talents, currently ranked #1 in his senior class at Dwyer. Maynor has also scored an 1180 on his SAT.
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