Although Jerod Mayo admits he is not thinking much about recruiting during this Holiday break, he is surely keeping a close eye on his top schools during this bowl season. The outstanding Kecoughtan linebacker prospect studies each contest, envisioning how he would fit in within each respective defensive scheme.
“Honestly, I haven’t really thought about recruiting too much over the past few weeks,” Mayo said. “It’s been a good break for me. I’ve just been relaxing and watching some bowl games. Basically, I’m just watching the bowl games to see where I fit into each defense. I try to picture myself in each defense.”
He scouted the two in-state schools, Virginia and Virginia Tech, during their bowl match-ups over the past two days. Neither outcome appears to have had a significant effect on Mayo’s decision.
“Tech’s defense did not look too good,” Mayo said. “UVA looked pretty good against Pittsburgh. The outcomes didn’t really have an effect on my decision because I was just trying to see how I fit into both schemes. So far, I think I fit in pretty well at both. UVA just wants me to add more pounds to become a solid outside linebacker, whereas Tech wants me a Whip, where I would move around a lot more. So they would want me to be a little lighter. It doesn’t matter to me if I put on a lot more pounds or whatever, I just want to go to whatever school can make me into the best player I can be.”
Mayo has made official visits to NC State, Virginia, and Purdue. He has two more remaining, to Tennessee on January 16th-18th and Virginia Tech on January 23rd-25th. Though he is still considering all five programs, it appears only four have a legitimate chance at landing the in-state star.
“I’d say all four are kind of medium right now over Purdue because of the location,” Mayo said. “Purdue has really nice people up there, but the location is just not for me. It’s going to be a real tough decision.”
He commented on the positives of each of his top four programs. He has been to every school except for Tennessee.
“Virginia’s got a real young team,” Mayo said. “They’re losing the starting quarterback from this year but I’m sure they’ll find someone else to step in. The defense is real young. They have real young linebackers and they make real good linebackers. They are like the new Penn State…the new linebacker U.
“Virginia Tech has young talent as well on their team. They have a lot of players coming up who are from around this area who are pretty good.
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