"Things have really started to pick up for me," said Mayes. "UCLA has started sending me some stuff, I just got a handwritten letter from them. Northwestern has really been picking up the pace, and they want me to get out there in April and I went on an unofficial visit to Oregon the other week and that went really well. They were talking about sending a coach out to watch me at my school for spring practice in May, and they've been sending me handwritten letters for a while. I'm also hearing from Oregon State quite a bit and will be going to their Spring practices."
Idaho was the first school to offer Mayes, but Washington State has made the biggest impression so far. And the Cougars have a longstanding relationship with the Mayes family, as his father, Reuben, is a Washington State legend.
"The pressure is definitely there to go there, but it's a school I'd definitely like to go to," said Mayes. "I grew up there since I was five, before I moved to Eugene, and the town I really like and I'd love to go back there and play. The pressure to play there has crossed my mind, but I'm not worried about it."
Reuben Mayes is one of the greatest players in Cougar history, a recent inductee into the College Football Hall of Fame and a former All-Pro with the New Orleans Saints. He carved out his career on the offensive side of the ball, but Logan wants to play on the other side.
"I'm looking to play outside linebacker next year, as a pass rush type, not necessarily with my hand down, but out there on the edge, getting after the quarterback like DeMarcus Ware," said Mayes.
Mayes was one of the top performers at the Badger/New Level 7on7 in Las Vegas earlier this month and plans to head to a few more camps in the spring and summer.
"I'll be going to Northwestern, Oregon and Oregon State in the spring and I'll be going to UCLA in the summer," said Mayes.
As a 2009 junior at Marist, Mayes had 66 tackles and 11 sacks. He helped Marist to the 4A State Championship, his best game in the playoffs, recording seven tackles and 2.5 sacks against Central.
Academically, he's in solid shape with a 3.7 GPA and a 24 on the ACT. He's taking two AP classes and two Honors classes.