Mayes returns to town with son, Cougs offer

THE COUGS HAVE OFFERED the son of a College Hall of Fame running back who was in Pullman last weekend. Rueben Mayes' son, Logan, a two-way standout at Eugene's Marist High, picked up the crimson offer from Paul Wulff Wednesday. A few short days earlier, father and son had came away impressed with the work Paul Wulff is doing following the Junior Day experience at Washington State.

Logan Mayes (6-3, 215) knew the Cougs were interested in him after his junior day visit. Wulff told him he'd be talking to him over the next couple of weeks. It turned out to be a couple days, instead.

"I got offered by Wazzu, it just happened today." said Mayes. "He said I came out as one of the top guys there at junior day and that's why they were making me the offer."

"They have a good vision for the future and it felt like they had an identity of what they want to be -- they want to be recruiting good kids, build it around high character guys who are going to work hard and do good things for the program."

THERE WERE 60-plus prospects at WSU for the junior day event but few of them probably know the Palouse as well as Mayes. Logan grew up around WSU and the family still owns a house in Pullman. Rueben worked for the WSU Foundation for many years before taking a job at Eugene's Scared Heart Medical Center about three years ago.

"We always love to get back to the old hometown, it's a great city," said Logan.

Having that many prospects in can make it difficult, if not downright impossible, for the coaching staff to spend a lot of time with them individually. Mayes has already this recruiting season dialed up WSU and had some good conversations but on Saturday he got to sit down for some face-to-face time.

"I had an excellent talk with Jody Sears at the basketball game, I'm mostly in contact with him for my recruitment," said Mayes. "They had a lot of kids there, so it's going in a positive direction."

HOW DID HIS father feel about the experience this weekend at Wazzu?

"I thought they did a great job," said Rueben. "It was very informative ... I was very impressed. I left feeling really good about where Paul is and where they want to go. They're very optimistic about his third year and they acknowledged it's been really tough. The kids coming in this class will reap the benefits and not have to go through a horrible last couple of years.

"The plan hasn't changed from the time since he's gotten there. I thought it was a good strong message and a well orchestrated junior day."

UNLIKE HIS FATHER, who starred at running back, the younger Mayes, who was with the defensive group during the WSU junior day event, projects as a linebacker/defensive end at the next level.

"From a dad's point of view, I've always tried to raise him to work really, really hard and add value," said Rueben. "Be ruthless, but be a really good kid. You can do both. He's a really good kid, he likes to hit and he's still growing. He also has really good grades, he's taken a bunch of AP and honors classes."

AFTER WSU's JUNIOR DAY, Mayes stopped by Idaho and received an offer from Robb Akey.

"It was a big surprise to me, I hadn't really been in contact much with the Idaho staff," said Logan. "But I sent them my film and they really seemed to like it...Coach Akey gave us a really great tour and made a really great spiel for the program. At the end of that he made me the offer,"

Mayes is also hearing from Oregon, Northwestern and Oregon State. His spring and summer travel plans aren't complete yet but he does plan unofficial visits to both UO and Northwestern this spring and a possible summer camp appearance at OSU.

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