February 29, 2012

Mayes picking up interest

The recruitment of a TCU legacy is starting to take shape.

Van Alstyne offensive lineman Alex Mayes recently received an offer from Minnesota and could likely pick up another this weekend when he heads to Kansas State for a visit.

"I talked to Joe Bob Clements up at K-State and he said that they are probably going to offer me," he said.

As many coaches like to do, oftentimes the Wildcats coaching staff likes to put their eyes on a player before offering.

Mayes, whose father and grandfather both suited up for the Frogs, continues his whirlwind spring tour with a visit to Manhattan, Kan. this weekend after visiting Texas Tech last weekend and Texas A&M earlier in the month.

The 6-foot-6, 275 pound lineman also has trips planned to check out Tulsa, Oklahoma State, North Texas as well Minnesota.

Mayes had an offer from Kansas with the previous staff but hasn't had a chance to contact the staff of new Jayhawks coach Chalie Weis to see where he stands.

Alex and brother Connor Mayes headed up one of the biggest and most effective offensive lines in the state for Van Alstyne last season, helping the Class 3A school to the regional round.

Alex, who was named all-district, all-Texoma Land and all-state as a junior, was born basically decked out in purple.

"They've been season ticket holders since I was born and I've grown up around the program. My whole family almost has gone to TCU on my dad's side and I love Fort Worth. I love the Frogs," Mayes said.

He said while an offer from the Frogs would be a game-changer, he plans to take his time in his recruitment and see which school best suits him.

"I've got to see what every school offers. Everybody is tied right now and I don't have a favorite," he said.

"I really want the process to play out and I really don't want to rush into anything. I want to be sure on where I want to go before I make my decision. I love TCU but I've got to do what's best for me."

Mayes, who went to three TCU games last season as well as games at Texas A&M, Oklahoma and a few others, isn't worried and knows the Frogs staff's tendencies when it comes to offering linemen.

"(The staff) said they don't offer anyone until late, lineman-wise, and said they were going to do more evaluation."

When he's not busy with offseason football workouts and taking trips to see the nation's top programs, Mayes spends his time outside honing his skills at the other sport he excels in, competing in the shot put and discus.

He said he plans on picking a program during or after his senior season and said a certain educational aspect of a school is something he'll take into consideration.
"I really want to go to a school that has a law school."

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