Mayse Brings Quickness, Agility To Linebacker Spot

Ohio's Chad Mayse has been watching the Mountaineers since he was a youngster, and that early attraction paid of for West Virginia in the form of a verbal commitment yesterday.

"I've been watching WVU for a long time, but the first time I came to West Virginia was for junior day," the quick linebacker told "I came over for the spring game, and then our team (Mentor High School) came over for the entire week of team camps this summer.

"I just thought everything about WVU was great. The campus, the facilities, the coaches, I just enjoyed it all. My parents and grandparents were down too, and everyone just made them feel very welcome."

Like many of his fellow recruits, Mayse got a good dose of college life in the University city during his stay at camp.

"We stayed in the dorm, so we really got to experience the atmosphere and spend some time with the coaches," Mayse noted. "We got to see a lot of it, and got to be on campus and see all of the facilities. I really enjoyed that."

Mayse also has an indirect tie to West Virginia, as his father's family has relatives who live close to Morgantown. Therefore, he will have some familiar faces in the area when he enrolls at WVU next fall.

That won't be the only welcoming item at the state's flagship university, however. Mentor runs the same 3-3-5 defense that the Mountaineers run, so Mayse will have a bit of a head start in learning the ropes as a freshman. In fact, Mentor's coaches spent a couple of days at WVU studying the odd stack defense, so there should be a good bit of familiarity for the talented freshman to be.

Mayse also plays some tight end for Mentor, which runs the spread offense, but his participation is limited to some goal line and short yardage situations. And he knows, of course, that his future is on the defensive side of the ball.

"I'm playing outside linebacker right now, but I think I could play either outside or inside," Mayse noted. "Speed is a big part of my game. That, along with my agility, are my biggest strengths, and I can use that anywhere.

A quick glance at Mayse's profile reveals an officially times 4.82 40 yard dash at Nike camp this summer, which might seem to contradict his statement about speed. However, Mayse noted that he attended that camp, at Penn State, the day after attending West Virginia's spring game, which fell in the middle of spring weightlifting workouts.

"I was sore, and I didn't give myself a chance to get rested and prepare for that," noted a somewhat rueful Mayse, who averages a 4.6 time. "But, I needed to be lifting to help myself and help the team, and I didn't want to break out of that, because it might hurt the team."

Mayse was not offering an excuse for his sub par performance in the forty, however. He simply noted that he did what he felt was best for his high school team, and that was lift and condition during the offseason, rather than prepare for an individual workout. And while that might have cost him an early scholarship offer or two, in the end, it worked out great for both Mayse and the Mountaineers.

That attitude is further exemplified by Mayse's attitude toward improvement. Asked to name one thing he needs to work on, Mayse replied, "Everything. I feel like I can always improve every part of my game and keep them all up to the same tempo."

Such an outlook has already paid dividends for the agile linebacker, who was named to the Cleveland Plain Dealer first team defense as a linebacker while earning special mention All-Ohio honors as a junior. Mayse was also a second team all-league pick as a sophomore and a first team selection as a junior in the ultra competitive Lake Erie league.

Playing for Mentor, which is among the state's largest high schools with more than 3,000 students in grades ten through twelve, gives Mayse an advantage.

"I think our program is a great advantage – other schools don't get to play the competition we play, and we play against a lot of the state's top kids too. We played Glenville earlier this year, and we play St. Ignatius this week in the playoffs. It can be tough just to get on our team. We have 99 kids on the team every year, and there a just a bunch of kids that try out.

Mayse, who currently checks in at 6-3 and 230 pounds, is confident of qualifying and being ready to play in the fall. Although undecided as to a major, he is well away of the heritage of Mountaineer players in the medical, and has some interest in physical therapy or another health-related field.

Mayse was offered scholarships by Bowling Green, Toledo, Miami of Ohio and Buffalo as well as West Virginia.

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