Mayes was en route to College Station on Friday afternoon for A&M's junior day when he called Minnesota Pat Poore to discuss the details of Minnesota's junior day in early March. What originally was a routine call turned into a call Mayes won't soon forget; he had officially been given a verbal offer from the Golpher coach.
For Mayes, the feeling of receiving his first offer relieves a lot of stress and knows it's a culmination of all the hard work he's put in during his high school career.
"It was great; it's the first official offer. I'm happy, it shows that all the hard work is starting to pay off a little bit, hopefully a few more come my way," Mayes said. "I'll just have to wait it out and see which school is the best. They want me to come down next weekend but I don't have a concrete date for when we're going to go."
Mayes was one of many prospects at A&M's junior day this weekend and although the Aggies didn't extend an offer, he still had a good time on his visit.
"I got to see coach Beaty so that was fun and I got to see the new staff and what they're all about," Mayes said of his A&M visit. "Overall it was a good day. He (Beaty) said it's all about the process, he said they're going to come watch me do a workout in the spring and see how it goes from there. He said he was really interested in me."
With his first offer in hand and others sure to follow, Mayes says he won't rush into a decision until he weighs all of his options.
"The recruiting process for me is just now getting started. I want to have it all play out a little bit before I make a solid decision where I go," Mayes said.
As a lifelong fan of TCU and a target for the Frogs' 2013 class, Mayes says the events that took place at TCU last Wednesday were unfortunate, but that doesn't change his feelings about the school.
"You can't take what four people did as a view for the whole coaching staff and the team. I still love TCU, it's always a dream to play at TCU," Mayes said. "Coach Patterson runs a tight ship and it's really unfortunate that a few guys had to give TCU a bad stigma with all of this stuff going on."