Top Target: Jerod Mayo

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At first glance, Kecoughtan’s Jerod Mayo does not look like a linebacker. If anything, he looks more like a safety prospect. But don’t let that fool you folks…Mayo is a full-fledged, hard-hitting, playmaking linebacker who will be one of the most highly recruited players in the state.

What Mayo may not have yet in size, he makes up with his incredible knack for the football.

“His true assets are his strength and speed,” said Kecoughtan head coach Tommy Austin. “He’s a beast. Jerod has a nose for the football. He seems to always be around the football…he seems to just be able to makes plays.”

His ability to make plays is evident when he plays the area’s top competition. In a 10-7 loss to state-champion Phoebus last season, Mayo made a key interception and returned it 70 yards, enabling Kecoughtan to have a chance at knocking off the stalwart Phantoms squad.

Playing against top competition is something Mayo relishes doing, as it gives him a chance to really test his talents.

“I love playing in this area,” said Mayo. “The competition is so good. How could you not want to play against the best?”

Mayo hopes to continue playing against the best when he reaches college. While he agrees that his football savvy makes him the player he is, but knows he needs to get bigger to compete at the college level. One of the bigger factors in determining his school of choice will be the school with the best weight program.

“I have a nose for the football,” said Mayo, who racked-up 68 tackles during his junior season. “But I need to get bigger. I’m 216 right now. One of the things I’m looking for in a school, besides academics of course, is a top weight program that can help me get bigger.”

Both in-state school have attracted Mayo’s attention early on in the recruiting race. UVa and Virginia Tech were both the first and, thus far, only schools to offer.

In terms of who the talented linebacker is eyeing, the Cavaliers and Hokies are indeed at the top of Mayo’s mind, but there are many other schools catching his interest.

“I like UVa, Virginia Tech, Tennessee, Maryland, and I am interested in a lot of other schools,” said Mayo. “UVa has great facilities, and I had a great time at the Spring game. I grew up a Virginia Tech fan, and they have a good weight program. I like them both, but I also like the other schools recruiting me