Jared Mayden, rated as the No. 4 cornerback in the nation, No. 1 in Texas and the No. 56 overall prospect in the 2016 class nationally by Scout, took a visit to Lubbock earlier this month with some of his Sachse teammates including his younger brother, Jalen Mayden. He said during the visit he got to tour campus, talk to current players, coaches and sit in meetings.
“I really liked it,” Mayden said. “It definitely changed the way I envisioned Tech, in a good way.”
He said after this visit he definitely was considering Texas Tech and they are “standing well” with him.
Texas Tech assistant coach Trey Haverty is leading Mayden’s recruitment. Mayden said he is familiar with Haverty because he recruited his older brother James Mayden, who now plays wide receiver at Rice.
He added that he and coach Haverty have a good relationship and talk on a regular basis.
After getting to meet with Haverty, coach Kevin Curtis and defensive coordinator David Gibbs on his visit he said he could see himself playing at Tech under the current staff.
Several schools are going after Mayden, who holds 33 offers, but the 6-foot-1, 190-pound defensive back said right now defending national champs Ohio State, Oregon, TCU, Alabama, Michigan and Texas Tech are recruiting him the hardest.
Mayden, who once had a top three of Ohio State, Oregon and TCU, said he decided to open up his recruitment so he can explore all of his options.
“I haven’t really started seeing how schools fit yet,” Mayden said, “and I’m just taking it all in and waiting till summer to figure out what I’m going to do.”
Mayden will make his decision at The Opening finals, which he just recently qualified for, in July. He added he might narrow it down to five schools a few days before then.