Mayes eyes the Leo spot at Wazzu

LOGAN MAYES, THE No. 29 rated outside linebacker in the land and son of CougGreat Rueben Mayes, has both linebacker and defensive end skills. And WSU is talking to him about playing a hybrid of both. It's something that's both familiar and attractive to the 6-3, 215-pounder out of Eugene.

Logan was up at Washington State with dad Rueben for the Cougars' spring game, and talked a lot of football with the WSU staff.

"The WSU one I really enjoyed because I got to do a lot of in-person stuff. I got to talk with the d-line coach, Malik Roberson, and talk a lot about what they do. He told me about the role they'd have me play in their defense. They call it a Leo linebacker, it's a defensive end type thing. It's a traditional stand up defensive end style that is really similar to what I'm playing in high school -- so that's really attractive to me," said Mayes, out of Marist High.

In brief, the "Leo" linebacker is an athletic defensive end primarily playing in a stand up posture, DeMarcus Ware of the Dallas Cowboys is one example. At WSU, the Leo generally lines up on the side with the tight end and has the skills to drop and play coverage, but more often he'll be looking to rush and get after the quarterback.

"Coach Roberson said I'm a pretty good pass rusher on film, that I'm pretty elusive going against blockers and have pretty good pass rushing technique. I'm not quite the prototypical size for a hand on the ground DE, I'm a little shorter than the prototype but I'm also taller than most linebackers," said Mayes.

MAYES WENT DOWN to Stanford this past weekend for a junior day event. He previously had visited Oregon State and has been talking with BSU as well.

"Oregon State, they're really big on getting kids in their camp," said Mayes. "They said they offer more than a third of the kids (who signed) in their camp. They want to see me and see how I might project for them."

Mayes said Boise State assistant Bob Gregory called recently, saying they liked him at outside linebacker but that BSU was not far into their recruiting process, that they hadn't even offered an outside linebacker yet and going to their camp in Boise would help a BSU cause.

Mayes also picked up a third offer this past week, from Holy Cross.

"They said they really like me as a player and that I'm a really good student. They said they know I have some big time offers but that if something didn't work out they'd love to have me on their team. I really appreciated that," said Mayes.

TRACK AND FIELD season is coming to the finish line, and Mayes said he'll be competing in the 110-m hurdles in districts.

As a junior, Mayes logged 66 tackles and 11 sacks and helped lead Marist to the 4A State Championship. He's also a star in the classroom with a 3.7 GPA in a curriculum that features AP and Honors classes. He easily obtained an NCAA qualifying test score earlier this year.

Logan grew up around WSU and the family still owns a house in Pullman. Rueben, a college Hall of Fame running back for the Cougs and an NFL All-Pro, worked for the WSU Foundation for many years before taking a job at Eugene's Scared Heart Medical Center about three years ago.

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