New honor, new ranking, updated film on Mayes

ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER honor for future Cougar Logan Mayes. The linebacker/defensive end was among eight select players named Northwest Nuggets by The Tacoma News Tribune. There's also updated film from And Scout has also pushed up Mayes' national ranking -- he's jumped more than 20 spots since late December.

Logan Mayes out of Eugene, Ore. was one of only eight prep football players selected by TNT in its 24th annual listing of high school recruits.

"The Nuggets are a look at the top -- the elite of the elite -- high school football players in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska and British Columbia," says the newspaper. now ranks Mayes the No. 28 OLB prospect in the country and a 3-star recruit, calling him quick off the edge, great in backside pursuit and a sure tackler. Mayes, in late December, was pegged at No. 49 by Scout.

Mayes, who had an in-home visit Sunday night with Paul Wulff, will line up at the LEO linebacker spot for the Cougars. At Washington State, the LEO is an athletic defensive end primarily playing in a stand up posture. The Cougs generally line up the LEO on the strong side, and he has the skills to drop and play in coverage -- but more often he'll be looking to explode off the edge and get after the quarterback.

Mayes previously was named all-state -- on both sides of the ball. The dual honor came despite it being his first season ever playing offensive guard.

He was the 5A State Defensive Player of the Year, and The Midwestern League defensive player of the year. Mayes was a force for Marist High this past season, racking up 84 tackles, including 13 1/2 sacks.

Here are Mayes' final 2010 season highlights --

In addition to Mayes, the other Northwest Nuggets named by the newspaper were: S/LB Tyson Coleman, 6-2, 210, Lake Oswego, Ore., DE Charlie Hopkins, 6-6, 270, Spokane, LB Colt Lyerla, 6-5, 225, Hillsboro, Ore., DE Brennan Scarlett, 6-5, 255, Portland, Ore., TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, 6-7, 253, Gig Harbor, DT Danny Shelton, 6-3, 285, Auburn, WR Kasen Williams, 6-2, 200, Sammamish

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