Jerod Mayo , star linebacker for Kecougtan HS, knows of at least two schools he will definitely officially visit. He plans on taking all five official visits, and says his visits will be a key factor in determining which school he signs with come February 2004.
“I think I need to take all five visits,” said Mayo. “I’ve only really seen Virginia, Virginia Tech, and NC State. I want to see different environments so I can make the best decision.
“I know I will visit both in-state schools. I haven’t set dates for either one, but those are definite. I will probably visit Tennessee, NC State, and one other as well, but the two in-state schools are definite.”
He will also make some unofficial trips to football games, with Virginia, Virginia Tech, NC State, and North Carolina as likely destinations. Maryland may receive an unofficial as well.
At this point, Mayo remains open with no clear favorite.
“I’m really still open among all of the schools,” said Mayo. “The visits are going to be big for me.”
One of the top prospects in the state of Virginia, Mayo possesses the entire package at linebacker. Not only can he tackle, but he is also gifted in pass coverage as he made four interceptions as a junior. Mayo can cover running backs and even wide receivers, making him an extremely versatile defender.
Of course, he likes to hit and is looking to do more of that this season.
“It’s just good coaching,” said Mayo of his pass coverage ability. “Coach Thompson has done a great job. Basically, he just tells me to watch the receivers’ waist and that’s what I do. I don’t look anywhere else and just run with them.
“This season, I feel quicker, faster, and stronger. I’m going to blitz more. It sure does feel good to blitz more.”
Kecougtan has several scrimmages in the coming weeks before the start of the 2003 season. This week, they face Poquoson featuring tough running back Josh Zidenberg and next week they face a Robinson squad featuring defensive end Olu Hall and wide receiver Clarence Vaughn.
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