Cougs tied at top for 6-3, 220-pound WR

THERE ARE TALL wideouts and then there are big wideouts. A 6-3, 220-pound junior college prospect who looks to fit the criteria Washington State outside receivers coach Dennis Simmons looks for in a physical-type receiver was offered this past week by Wazzu. And he tells CF.C the Cougs are tied at the top of his leaderboard.

Sierra Junior College recevier Vince Mayle is an interesting story, to say the least.

He is in his first year playing football at the junior college level. Before that, he played hoops for a different college, took a year off to care for his ailing mother and sat out this past season to get his academic house in order.

But the big wideout has exploded in his first season on the gridiron at Sierra, in eight games racking up 48 catches for 832 yards with 15 TDs. That's led to wide-ranging recruiting interest and schools like Washington State putting a scholie on the table. Clay McGuire is running the recruiting point on Mayle but WSU also uses a group approach. Mayle said Simmons extended the WSU offer last Friday.

"I was very excited because I know the coaching staff that offered me is one of the best coaching staffs to ever be in college football. I feel honored that they think I can make a difference for their team," said Mayle.

IN ADDITION TO Washington State, Mayle also holds offers from Nevada, Houston and Kentucky. Mayle is in the process of firming up his official visit to Pullman, saying it looks like he will be making the trip to the Palouse for the Apple Cup against Washington on Nov. 23. He is also planning on visiting Kentucky and Houston before he makes his decision.

"I'm not in a rush," said Mayle. "I'm planning on checking everything out and taking my time up until signing day. But since Washington State came into the picture, I'd say WSU and Kentucky are my top two. I'm still considering some other schools, but those two are at the top right now."

Simmons likes to have physical wideouts as part of his stable -- guys who like to block as much as they enjoy catching touchdowns and who don't shy away from contact over the middle. That description fits Mayle pretty well.

"I'm waiting for my season to be over before I take any visits but I really want to go see them (WSU) play," Mayle said. "I want to check out the campus and get a feel for the area around the school."

SO WHAT'S TO like about Mayle's game?

"They (WSU) told me they love how physical I am," Mayle said. "At 6-3, 220, it's deceptive because defenders think I can't run because I'm so big. I can outrun them though and I use my body to my advantage. Coach Simmons also likes my ability to block because it's one of my strong suits. I take pride in my blocking and when my team runs the ball, I typically win all my battles against the corners."

This past Saturday, Mayle had seven catches for 153 yards and a touchdown in a 23-22 win over College of the Sequoias. He's the No. 1 receiving target for the Wolverines, a role he thinks he can replicate at Wazzu in 2013. He looks to have two-to-play-two at the next level.

"They want me to come in and play immediately…I'm a big wide receiver that goes to get the ball and I have good body control which fits really well in their system," said Mayle.

Mayle's week five highlights (four touchdowns)

Mayle, who prepped at Inderkum High in Natoma, Calif., is big and physical but he also appears to be quite an athlete. Two years ago, at the Redding Hoops Fest, a friend talked him into taking the day off work and competing in the dunk competition. He won it.

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