Five games ago, Kecoughtan Head Coach Tommy Austin decided to put his best defensive player on the offensive side of the ball. Jerod Mayo , who is one of the top linebacker prospects in the state, was asked to play tailback in addition to his usual role as linebacker on defense.
An immediate success, Mayo has rushed for 885 yards in five games. He averages 8.1 yards per carry. While he seems a natural in the offensive backfield, he concedes that defense is where he wants to be.
“No, no, no…I want to play defense in college,” said Mayo when asked if running back was in his future. “You get banged around too much [as a tailback]. It’s fun and all, but I still like defense. I like to be the guy dishing out punishment.”
The five schools he plans on making official visits to feel the same way. Virginia, Virginia Tech, NC State, Tennessee, and Purdue are all recruiting Mayo as a linebacker, specifically outside linebacker (Virginia Tech is recruiting him as a Whip LB).
Mayo recently set up his fifth official visit, which will be to Tennessee on the weekend of January 16th. With offers from all five favorites, the official visits figure to be prominent in his final decision.
It looked early on like Virginia might be the team to beat, as Mayo indicated in his previous update that “If I had to decide today though, it would be Virginia.”
Recently, Virginia Tech has also started to impress the talented linebacker.
“You could say that [Virginia was my leader],” said Mayo. “But Virginia Tech is really impressing me, and that’s all I’ll say. I’ll just take all five visits and see what happens.”
What has impressed Mayo is Virginia Tech’s defense, especially how they looked against Miami last weekend.
“Virginia is still good, they are just not playing well on defense,” said Mayo. “The linebackers are looking good, but as a whole they can play better I think. Virginia Tech beat the bricks off of Miami last week. I wish I could have gone, but we had a game that day. They played awesome.”
Mayo says he will attend the Virginia Tech at Virginia game on November 29th, which may help him get a better feel for how he fits into both defenses.
“I’m definitely going to the UVA/Virginia Tech game,” said Mayo. “It’ll be a good chance for me to see both defenses up close and to see where I’d fit in the best [with respect to those two defenses].”
His thoughts on both defenses now?
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