VIDEO: Mayo Picking Up Steam

BERKELEY -- Amador Valley linebacker Harrison Mayo has made a quick recovery from meniscus surgery, and has set himself towards earning more recruiting attention this summer.



BERKELEY -- 2015 Pleasanton (Calif.) Amador Valley linebacker Harrison Mayo has been under the radar, despite registering over 80 tackles, six pass breakups and four forced fumbles last season, in part due to meniscus surgery which slowed him down to a crawl. His first 40 after surgery came in at a sluggish 5.1 seconds.

Since then, though, he's gotten bigger and faster, bulking up to 6-foot-3, 220 pounds, and shaving his time down to 4.81 in just three months. This past weekend, he made an appearance at California's non-contact camp, and plans to attend the Golden Bears' full-contact camp in Berkeley this weekend. He's already starting to hear some buzz.

"I put on a lot of weight this offseason, and right now, I've got a few Pac-12 schools, a lot of Ivies, San Jose State, Sac State, a lot of West Coast schools, but no offers yet. A lot of borderlines," said Mayo, who hopes to earn a Cal offer as a linebacker, though he plays both defense and offense for Amador Valley, serving as a tight end.

"We have limited athletes at our school, and [my coach] wants me to play both ways, just get me on the field as much as they can," Mayo said.

Mayo's real strength, though, is on defense, where he's served as a heady MIKE linebacker, as well as an outside linebacker.

"Outside because of my length, but I have the intelligence to play both. I know both reads," said Mayo, who spent time at MIKE in goal-line situations during seven-on-seven work at camp. "At first, I liked being MIKE, but I've been working a lot on speed, and I can keep up with the slot receivers, now."

Mayo said that the Cal coaches "just want to work with me," in full pads this weekend, but he learned a lot from current Bears players and linebackers coach Garret Chachere last weekend.

"One of the first things they focused on was a lot of lateral movement, and being able to stay low and move," Mayo said. "It's not about being big, at linebacker; it's about being quick and using your size. Another thing they were looking at was the explosiveness out of your stance, just like being a good tight end against press coverage."


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