"I talk to them quite a bit," said Mayes. "My dad and I were already friends with Jody Sears before, before they offered me or were recruiting me. So I talk to him quite a bit and we have good chats.
"Coach (Dave Ungerer) is my area recruiter. I haven't met him in person but I called him up and talked on the phone. He seems like a real sincere person."
MAYES WON'T NEED to use the unofficial trip out to the Palouse as a fact finding mission -- he grew up around Pullman and the Washington State program, and the family still owns a house there.
Rueben, the College Hall of Fame running back from Wazzu, NFL Rookie of the Year and 8-year player in "The League", worked for the WSU Foundation for several years before taking a job at Eugene's Sacred Heart Medical Center about three years ago.
The younger Mayes has said WSU has made the biggest impression during the recruiting process, and the Cougs continue to fill up his mailbox with handwritten letters from the staff.
As a junior, Mayes had 66 tackles and 11 sacks, doing most of his work on the d-line, and helping to lead Marist to the 4A State title. He also stars in the classroom, with a 3.7 GPA and a curriculum that includes both AP and Honors classes. He easily achieved a qualifying score on the ACT previously.
MAYES, WHO HOLDS offers from Washington State and Idaho, projects as a linebacker/defensive end at the next level -- unlike his dad who was named first team All-America at running back in 1984 by Football Writers and UPI, and in 1985 by Football News. The elder Mayes still holds the top single season rushing yards mark, with 357 hashes against Oregon in '84.
Logan took a recent unofficial to Northwestern. The Wildcats are looking at him primarily at linebacker.
"I was one of only 13 guys they (invited) for that, it was like a junior day but it was more exclusive than that...I talked with the linebackers coach for about 1 ½ - 2 hours and with the head coach for a little while...I like the intensity around their program...the linebacker coach said their linebackers do more cover type stuff and my film is about 100 percent blitzing and playing the run from the line. So they said they needed to see that pass coverage and once they do, they'll have an offer for me," said Mayes.
Other schools in the mix include UCLA, who sent Mayes their spring practice schedule and Stanford. He also talked to Utah this week.
"They said they were going to watch my film, get me evaluated and get back to me next week.
Oregon State and Oregon remain in the mix as well but Mayes said he hasn't heard as much from them as he was towards the end of last year.
"It started out rapidly in the fall with Oregon State, there was a time last year when they were sending me more than WSU even," said Mayes. "I went to a couple of their games on (unofficial) but I'm not really sure where they're at. They saw my film, evaluated it and said they like it and want me to come to camp. But I think there was a junior day event and I didn't get invited to it, so I'm not sure what's up there.
"I went on that unofficial to Oregon and they said they're not in their evaluation process yet, that they like to wait a little longer."
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