Mayes Could Decide Soon

Cornerback Grant Mayes currently holds four scholarship offers and may be close to a fith. Wake Forest may be close to offering the New Jersey defensive back, pending his performance at camp in a couple of weeks.

The 5-11, 185-pound defensive back from Seton Hall Prep in West Orange, N.J. recently returned from a camp at Maryland and said he had a good time. He plans on taking another trip in July, and that could determine a lot.

"I've spoken with Coach McCartney recently and he's told me he wants to go there for a camp," said Mayes. "So I'll be there in July. He told me that he wants to give me a scholarship, so I don't know how they do it down there, but it's good to know there's somebody pushing for me. I think their defensive backs coach still wants to see me in camp. Hopefully Coach Mac (McCartney) will put in some good words for me.

"If they offer there's a real good chance that's where I'll end up. I'll probably commit if they do."

With offers from Illinois, Michigan State, Syracuse and Cincinnati, why does it sound like an offer from Wake would end the recruiting process?

"All my family is from North Carolina," he explained. "I'm from Jersey, but my family is from down there. My grandfather loves it down there. We have family reunions in Greensboro every year. In fact, after the camp I'll be going down there again for that on July 27.

"Coach Mac has come by my school and he seems like just a great guy. He showed me his ACC championship ring and the Orange Bowl ring and that got me real excited about things. When I go to that camp it will almost be like I'm coming home," he laughed."

Iowa, North Carolina and Virginia are also pursuing Mayes. While he is not against the idea of taking his official visits, if things go as he hopes they do, he won't have to wait that long.

"I'm all for the idea of committing early if you know what you want to do. I saw that E.J. Manuel just committed, and when a guy ranked that highly commits early it sends a signal to everybody else. If you know what you want to do you don't need to wait around."

Last year at Seton Hall, Mayes recorded 40 tackles, intercepted five passes and recovered a fumble. At the Elite College Combine he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.38 seconds.


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