Verbal 5: Logan Mayes says WSU a perfect fit

ANOTHER MAYES IS coming to Pullman. Logan Mayes, the No. 29 rated outside linebacker nationally and son of College Hall-of-Famer and CougGreat Rueben Mayes, ended his recruitment and gave his pledge to Paul Wulff.

"I made my verbal commitment to WSU," Logan Mayes (6-3, 215) told CF.C. "It was just the general culture of the university. That, and it was such a great scheme fit, I grew up in Pullman and the coaches are all really great guys," said Mayes.

Mayes becomes the fifth verbal commitment in the 2011 class, joining RB/LB Chester Su'a , S Max Gama, MLB Max Hersey and RB Bishop Sankey.

I talked to coach Wulff and after that I talked to Jody Sears -- I told coach Wulff that I was ready to make my commitment to WSU because I had seen all the other schools and I felt like WSU was the place for me. He was ecstatic, really happy. And then I talked to Jody Sears for about an hour and a half. We were reminiscing about old times.

Mayes said he plans on next coming up to Pullman during the Cougs' summer youth camp in June.

"I'd love to work with the coaching staff there during camp, kinda can get a whole jump start on defense and get acclimated to everything," said Mayes.

MAYES, A 3-STAR prospect on, said he will line up at the "Leo" linebacker spot at Wazzu.

The "Leo" is an athletic defensive end primarily playing in a stand up posture and at WSU, 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. Mayes has a frame conducive to adding more weight, and by the time he gets to Pullman for good, Mayes said he hopes to have packed on 30 or so pounds and be in the 240-245 pound range.

Mayes this past season 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. For more, click here.

MAYES SAID he was one of the top performers at the Nike Camp this past weekend.

"There was a SPARQ combine at Oakland on Saturday and then a NIKE training camp Sunday in Palo Alto. At the combine I got ESPN Rise 7 so one of the top seven guys overall at the camp...and then I also made the all-camp team for that.

My SPARQ score was a 94.2, the highest of any linebacker at the combine. At the training camp I also got all-tournament and one of their top performers. So I did really good this weekend all in all, I felt like I performed really well," said Mayes.

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