Does Mayo Have a Leader?

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Coach Groh and company had their work cut out for them this weekend with Kecoughtan (VA) linebacker Jerod Mayo . The 6-2, 215 pound in-state star had an excellent visit to NC State last week, and indicated he would use that visit to compare the rest.

It appears Virginia did well this weekend, as Mayo had a great visit to Charlottesville.

“Virginia was real nice,” Mayo said. “The facilities are not up to NC State’s, but the atmosphere at Virginia was great. Virginia’s a real nice place. I know a lot of the players up there because a lot of them come from my district.”

Following the visit, Virginia is now just ahead of the rest of the programs as Mayo’s favorite. He has visits remaining to Purdue this weekend, Tennessee, and Virginia Tech. Of the programs remaining, one trails the rest.

“Virginia is slightly the favorite right now,” Mayo said. “Virginia, NC State, Tennessee, and Virginia Tech are ahead of Purdue. I’m looking forward to making the rest of my visits.”

Comparing Virginia and NC State, it appears UVA has the edge in terms of relationship between Mayo and the players and well as the overall program.

“The relationship with the players first off is the one big thing Virginia has,” Mayo said. “I know a lot of the players there. My parents really liked NC State’s facilities. They liked UVA because of the tradition. UVA is the number one public school in the country, so they have that going for them.”

Mayo was hosted by sophomore outside linebacker Darryl Blackstock, who hails from the Hampton area. In addition to speaking with the standout outside linebacker, Mayo spent time with other UVA players on grounds.

“Darryl Blackstock was my host,” Mayo said. “My defensive coordinator at Kecoughtan actually coached him and Elton Brown in high school. Blackstock was telling me how Virginia is turning him into a complete linebacker and he felt they could do that with me. I also hung out with Chris Johnson, and he and I have become really close. He was looking out for me up there. The players were telling me they wanted me to go there. NC State’s players were doing the same thing, but more so at UVA.”

Several recruits who Mayo has developed relationships with were on campus this weekend, including Philip Brown and DeMario Pressley. Mayo spoke with both on the weekend.

“Philip was talking to me about being his roommate if I went to UVA,” Mayo said. “I’ve known Philip for a long