Mayo locks it down for Laney

One of the top cover-corners at the JUCO level this fall promises to be Laney CB Jamal Mayo (5-11, 185). He already has an offer from Missouri and more schools have started to show him interest. caught up with him recently and he updated us on recruiting as well as what he likes so much about playing on an island...

"I love to play man; lock things down," Mayo told "I can play both zone and man-to-man, but I prefer man just because I feel like I can play anyone straight up and shut them down."

As a freshman last fall, Mayo started every game and finished with a team-leading five interceptions and eight passes defensed while also totaling 24 tackles.

This offseason, even though he's pretty polished as a player, Mayo said he's been focused on the finer points of playing the position.

"I've been working a lot on my technique, especially my press-technique," Mayo said. "I just want to make sure I've doing everything I can to get better and to help my team get to a bowl game."

On the recruiting front, Mayo already has one offer and he feels at least one more could be right around the corner.

"I have an offer from Missouri and I think that Arizona is really close to offering me," Mayo noted. "I've also been talking a lot with Arizona State, Utah State, New Mexico, Maryland and Nevada, but right now, it's just been talking."

Mayo also noted he plans to visit Missouri on September 27th for his official visit and he hopes to set one up with Arizona very soon as well.

As a prep, Mayo enjoyed a solid career at Skyline (Oakland, Ca.) High School, but he was unable to qualify for a scholarship to a four-year program.

"Laney was just the perfect fit for me," Mayo recalled. "I knew the coaches really well and I had a relationship with them, so it was right."

Mayo is on pace to graduate in December and he will have three years to play two following the 2013 football season.

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