LB Mayo Takes In In-State Game

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Kecoughtan (Hampton, VA) linebacker Jerod Mayo made an unofficial visit to Virginia this weekend to see the game versus Virginia Tech, and enjoyed his time seeing the heated rivalry in person.

“It was a wild one,” Mayo said. “It was really close in the first half, but Virginia pulled away in the second half. I didn’t really expect that. I thought Virginia Tech was going to pull it out with the way they were playing in the second quarter. I don’t know what Coach [Al] Groh said at halftime, but whatever it was it worked.”

The game’s outcome had no effect on either programs standing with the talented linebacker prospect.

“Not at all,” Mayo said when asked if the game will affect his decision. “The win didn’t change anything and the loss didn’t change anything. I just wanted to see the positions both schools are recruiting me to play. Virginia Tech likes me as a whip. They blitz a lot from that position and cover a lot too, which I’m good at. At Virginia, I’d play outside linebacker. They blitz a lot too, but I think they’ll do more once they shore up the secondary. I really like both positions, and I don’t like one better than the other [after seeing the game].”

Mayo was impressed with the game atmosphere, especially the second half.

“It was a great atmosphere,” Mayo said. “UVA fans really got into the game in the second half. In the second half, it got really crazy. It was really loud.”

Mayo’s first official visit is this upcoming weekend, as he travels to NC State. He goes to Virginia on the weekend of December 13th, Purdue on the weekend of December 20th, Tennessee on January 17th, and finishes with Virginia Tech on January 31st.

Currently, Virginia and Virginia Tech have the edge over the rest of his top five.

“I’d say I’m pretty much even, but because Virginia and Virginia Tech are the in-state schools, that gives them an automatic little edge,” Mayo said. “I’m ready to take all of my visits. I want to see what college life is like at each place. I’m pretty even right now, so these visits are important and I’m looking forward to them.”

Today is the first day of the contact period in recruiting, which means college coaches can start making in-home visits to prospects. Mayo says he is all filled up in this