David Mayaka visits Wake Forest

Wake Forest is establishing a relationship with rising senior tailback David Mayaka from Panther Creek High School in Cary, N.C. After missing most of his sophomore season with a foot injury, Mayaka came back strong for the Catamounts in 2011 with a little more than 1,490 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns for the season.

"The visit went pretty good," said David Mayaka. "I talked with Coach Jackson and Coach Mitchell. I liked all of the coaches.

"I also liked how it's a small school with only 12 to 15 students per class. They said you don't even need a tutor because your teachers are always available. A high percentage of their student-athletes do well and graduate. I went with my Dad and my three younger siblings. Everybody loved it."

Mayaka, 6-foot-1, 190-pounds, rushed for more than 100 yards in eight of the Catamounts 12 games last season including their last five. His signature moment came in a late October game against Durham Jordan when he set a school rushing record for a single game with 263 yards on 31 carries and two touchdowns.

"I'm an elusive power back with good footwork and hips," said Mayaka on his running game. "I always hear I'm a north-south runner, so I'm working on going east-west. I'm confident in my ability and think I can do whatever is necessary in any given situation. Running between the tackles though, that's my main niche."

One reason Mayaka is possibly waiting on his first offer is this was his first season at Panther Creek. He didn't play his freshman year and was injured in just the second game of the season as a sophomore.

"I did pretty good, but I know I can do a lot better," Mayaka said. "There's always room for improvement. I'm planning on going to the Nike Sparq Combine in Charlotte and to the National Underclassmen Combine in Greensboro on April 28th. This summer I'm planning on going to camps at Wake Forest, Duke, North Carolina, and N.C. State.

"I've been getting letters from N.C. State, Duke and Georgia Tech. I've heard a lot from Maryland, but haven't made it up there yet because of the distance.

"My education is the most important thing, but really I just want to play. I don't want to wait too long to play. I want to find a good school where I can come in and just have a chance to play."

The Catamounts also used Mayaka at safety where he had more than 50 tackles and three sacks on the season. He was named Second Team All-Conference in North Carolina's 4A Tri-Nine at running back.

Mayaka will run the sprints (100, 200, and 400 meter) in the spring and continue bulking up in the weight room.

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