- Max Olson, ESPN Staff Writer
The 2014 offensive line prospect from Van Alstyne, Texas, attended Texas’ first junior day on Sunday. He didn’t land an offer from the Longhorns but already has more than six offers to consider at this point.
Here’s what Mayes had to say about the new offer he received Tuesday, his impressions of his Texas trip and living up to the reputation of his brother.
HornsNation: Did Texas Tech just offer you a scholarship?
Connor Mayes: Yes they did. They talked to my head coach and my head coach told me to get in touch with them. I called and they said I have as scholarship to the Texas Tech Red Raiders. It’s awesome. That’s where my mom went to school and I have a friend who signed there.
HN: Has Tech been recruiting you for a while?
Mayes: Well, I saw my brother go through the recruiting process and got to talk to Coach [Sonny] Cumbie, so I got to know their program a little bit.
HN: What did you think of your visit to Texas this weekend?
Mayes: It was awesome. I love Coach [Stacy] Searels and Mack Brown.
HN: What did you think of the campus and the facilities and all that they offer?
Mayes: They’re beautiful. I love Austin and I thought that was pretty awesome too.
HN: I know they didn’t offer, but what indication did the Texas coaches give about how interested they are?
Mayes: I talked to Coach Brown and Coach Searles and they said they’re pretty pumped up about me. They just want to make sure I’m comfortable with everything and want to build a good relationship with me before offering.
HN: And where on the offensive line do they see you playing?
Mayes: Coach Searels says he really likes me on the interior, either guard or center. I like playing both but I prefer guard.
HN: You’ve already picked up a half dozen offers. Do you have a top three or have you thought about that at all?
Mayes: I really don’t have a top list of schools yet. I really like Kansas State, Baylor, Minnesota and Texas Tech, but I don’t really have my top schools yet.
HN: Your brother signed with Minnesota last week. Is there some motivation to play with him in college, or does that not really matter to you too much?
Mayes: I would love to play with Alex, but I also love the idea of staying close to home and staying near Texas.
HN: What was the competition like between you and Alex growing up?
Mayes: It was really the competition in little things like playing basketball and stuff. We always competed. Alex has always been really tall. I was bigger than a lot of kids, but I really hit a growth spurt from eighth grade to freshman year. I’m the same height as him now.
HN: How special was it to play on the same line as him in possibly your last season together?
Mayes: It was pretty sad that last game, but I’ve just got to keep rolling with it. Not much I can do about it now. But we definitely cherished the moments we had.
HN: Are there schools out there you’d like to start hearing from?
Mayes: Things are pretty good right now but I’d like to hear from TCU since that’s where both my dad and grandpa went. I’ve had a bunch of family go there, but it would be cool to hear from them more.
HN: As a guy at a Class 2A school, did you think it would be hard to get noticed? Or did the attention Alex received end up being a big help for you?
Mayes: Going through the process with Alex earlier helped me a lot. But being 2A, you’ve just got to smash kids and destroy them to show you’re one of the top athletes.