Taking his own path

Connor Mayes added his 11th offer Wednesday night from a Big 12 program.

Van Alstyne 2014 offensive lineman Connor Mayes picked up his 11th offer on Wednesday night when he received an official offer from the Baylor Bears.

Mayes turned heads last week at the U.S. Army Underclassmen Combine as he was regarded as one of the top linemen in attendance. Therefore, it's likely many more offers are on the way once word starts to spread about his performance.

The 6-foot-5, 330-pounder is already ranked as the nation's No. 2 center prospect by Fox Sports NEXT and in addition to his new offer from Baylor, he holds offers from Minnesota, Kansas State, utsa, Texas State, Colorado, Colorado State, Houston, New Mexico, Connecticut and Arkansas State.

Mayes was excited to add his second offer from a Big 12 program.

"It was coach Lebbi, the runningbacks coach and he said they had a meeting and they said I was one of their top recruits for the class and he asked me if I had a Big 12 offer. I told him I have an offer from Kansas State and he said ‘now you have two big 12 offers," Mayes said of his conversation with the Baylor coach.

Thanks to the Bears' recruitment of Connor's older brother Alex, who is committed to Minnesota, the younger Mayes says he has a little familiarity with the program.

"They have great facilities, I haven't really learned much about them but I'm excited to learn more about it now," he said. "They're having a junior day on February 3rd and coach Gush said he's going to let me know more about it."

Several programs are in pursuit of Mayes including LSU, TCU (where his father and grandfather played) and back-to-back national champion Alabama among others. For now he says LSU is showing the most interest.

"I'm setting up junior days to see what offers I pick up then," he said. "I'm getting a bunch of letters from LSU, Notre Dame and Alabama."

Much has been said throughout the process of Connor and Alex wanting to play for the same program in college. However, Connor wants it known that although the thought of playing alongside his older brother in college is very intriguing; he has to make a decision that is best suited for him and nobody else.

"It's a great idea for me and Alex to play at the same school, it would be fun but at the end of the day if that's not what I want to do I have other choices because I've got a bunch of good schools looking at me," he said. "It's my choice."

Mayes has been around the recruiting process virtually since his freshman year with Alex going through the process. He's learned plenty of do's and don'ts throughout the recruiting "game" and says he will take his time before deciding anything.

"I'm not really sure when I'll decide, I want to see what all comes my way and go from there," he said.

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