UT offers cousin of former Longhorn Olympian

2016 defensive back Jared Mayden (Sachse, Texas/Sachse) was content with how his day went at Texas' junior day when he left the Moncrief-Neuhaus Athletic Center for the first time on Saturday.

But the cousin of former Longhorns wide receiver and Olympic long jumper Marquise Goodwin was overcome with joy the second time he exited the building.

Mayden thought he was done with his day as he and his mother walked out the door. Luckily he was hung up talking to some people outside, though, as a member of Texas' staff caught up with him to return back inside.

"When we sat down to wait for Coach [Charlie] Strong, [defensive backs] Coach [Chris] Vaughn was showing us his plan for his DBs," Mayden said. "Then we went to Coach Strong's office and he cut right to the chase. He said ‘we want to offer you. You have an offer.'

Mayden's mouth dropped.

"When he said he wanted me to play football for him I wish I could descriptively tell you what he said," Mayden said. "But I was trying not to laugh. I was biting my lip trying to keep a straight face. But in my mind I was think ‘Wow I've got a scholarship offer from Texas.'"

Not to diminish any offer but this was quite the step up from his only other offer from tiny Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode Island.

"It came as a bit of a surprise because it's a whole new coaching staff," he said. "I knew one of the graduate assistants that was there before and he told them a lot about me. So I don't want to say I knew [an offer was coming] because you don't want to go in there and get your hopes up. So when they called me back I knew it was going to go one of two ways: either I'm about to get an offer or there's going to be a really good interest level."

It ended up going the way he'd hoped, which leaves him in a very tempting position: commit now or hold out a bit longer. Mayden has an idea about how he'd like to proceed.

"I would definitely like to see my options," he said. "But I don't plan on waiting that much longer."

Mayden thinks it's his unique combination of size (he measured at 6-0 and 186 on Saturday) and speed that got him the offer.

"I haven't run a 40 in a long time but when I ran it at a Texas camp last year, I ran a 4.46 two times," he said.

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