Mayo Strong in Opener

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Linebacker Jerod Mayo had a strong performance last Friday night, recording 11 tackles and two sacks in Kecoughtan’s 28-0 opening night victory over Nansemond River.

The state’s number five player [according to my Top 30] felt he played well in the first game of his senior season and looks forward to a showdown versus Phoebus this Friday.

“I played pretty well,” said Mayo of his performance. “We have a 4-3 defense now, and I love our scheme because I get to blitz more. Next week [versus Phoebus] is the big game for us. I’m so excited and I just can’t wait to play them.”

Before this season, Mayo had played in a four-linebacker scheme. He says he still favors four linebacker schemes but indicated that the defensive system will not make a difference in his collegiate decision.

“I’m used to playing with four linebackers, and having a lot of freedom out there,” said Mayo. “I like the four linebackers because you have so much space, but I would have no problem adjusting to playing a 4-3 in college.”

If the first week of contact is any indication, there are many programs who would like to find a place for Mayo in their defensive system. The 6-2, 216 pound linebacker has received a lot of attention following the end of the recruiting silent period on September 1st, including one new offer… from SEC powerhouse Tennessee.

Even with the new offer, Mayo remains open in the recruiting process, but knows at least some of the schools likely to get official visits.

“Tennessee called and said that an offer is in the mail,” said Mayo, who now has offers from Virginia, Virginia Tech, Tennessee, Purdue, and NC State. North Carolina and West Virginia have also been in contact recently. “I like Tennessee, at least from what I’ve seen on TV. I’ll more than likely take a visit there. I know I’ll visit Virginia and Virginia Tech.”

Mayo plans to wait until after his season is over before making his official visits. How the official visits go will be a heavy factor in determining where he ends up next year.

“I’m wide open right now,” said Mayo. “Official visits, I think, will really make my decision. I want to see how good each school is in person and what my parents think about each program. After I take my visits, I will wait, weigh my options, narrow my list down to one and announce my decision.”

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