Mayes working to become more physical

Mayes working to become more physical

Peter Ariz
Transferring over from Dr. Krop to Miami Northwestern during the spring, Miami defensive back commitment Ryan Mayes (6’2”, 200) had a big transition to make. Mayes says the move has been easy.

“I’m very comfortable. We all spend time with each other on the weekends and outside of football,” said Mayes.

Miami Northwestern has not made a deep playoff run for a couple years in a row, which is considered unacceptable in Bull territory. Mayes feels like this season’s team can change that.

“Our expectations are really high. We expect to be national champions. We feel like we can take it all the way. We don’t the media any mind and everyone is objected their own opinion, but we want to be the team we used to be.”

When I spoke to Miami Northwestern defensive coordinator Luther Campbell back in June about Mayes, he told me the ‘Canes commit had all the physical tools in the world, but needed to work on becoming more physical. Mayes explained what “Coach Luke” has done with him.

“One, he made me be a tougher kid as far as not getting into my feelings on the football field, which basically means not allowing people to get in my head and to stay on my game and not get sidetracked. And of course number two, he’s helped me get more physical.”

Miami has recruited Mayes to play cornerback, but he says there’s a chance he could slide back to safety.

“That’s still a possibility (playing safety). It depends on my transition or whatever. I love the game of football and love playing defense so corner or safety, it doesn't matter.”

A few South Florida prospects have impressed Mayes.

“One kid that caught my eye was a young kid named Brandon Powell. He’s from Deerfield Beach and he’s really good. Of course, Trayone Gray from Carol City is a tremendous player. My bull brother Mike Smith has great work ethic too.”

Smith and Mayes have formed a special bond knowing they will be teammates at the next level.

“Since the commitment, if one of us is lacking, then we’re jumping on each other’s case. He’s pushing me and I’m pushing him.”
 

Comments (27)

I want to see how this kid plays with the step up in competition. I went to Krop- Columbus playoff game and remember in the warmup seeing this dude. He was one of the "pretty boy" players (as in how he dressed. I grew up in the you look good, you feel good. you feel good, you play good era) so he stood out to his teammates. He did a little bit of everything for them and he was one of their go players, along with kid who transferred to Jackson. (Dam, Krop can NEVER hold on to their players. Flowers, Paul James, Mayes, Durante, etc)...

I was maybe one of 2 people in the stands for them (no fan/alumni support) so I didnt have the usual convo from the old head of who is the players to look for and how about that kid but I want to see how this kid balls, he will have challenges all year, Phillips, Ermon, Kendrick, etc. Let the season begin already.
 
Interested to see how good this kid really is.

He'll definitely have the opportunity to prove his worth on the field this year. He seems to have all the physical tools, let's see how he actually plays ball against the elite.
 
If Mayes is really 6'2" 200lbs he is definitely a safety and sounds like he has the mentality of a safety.... good **** Pete.
 
If Mayes is really 6'2" 200lbs he is definitely a safety and sounds like he has the mentality of a safety.... good **** Pete.

Sounds like he's working on getting the mentality of a safety.
 
Thanks Pete...appreciate info on the kids that want to be here.
 
If Mayes is really 6'2" 200lbs he is definitely a safety and sounds like he has the mentality of a safety.... good **** Pete.

Sounds like he's working on getting the mentality of a safety.

yeah u right, i meant that it read like he rather play safety over cornerback.... which is a start.

That's a great sign because many people including me was worries about us not having a safety commit.
 
I was reading an ESPN article today and was surprised that by flipping that OG 'bama just passed us for ESPN 300 recruits. The funny thing is, after looking through the list of our ESPN 300 guys, many of the recruits I am most excited about aren't those guys but the Mike Smiths, Ryan Mayes, and Darrion Owens, and Juwon Youngs.
 
I was reading an ESPN article today and was surprised that by flipping that OG 'bama just passed us for ESPN 300 recruits. The funny thing is, after looking through the list of our ESPN 300 guys, many of the recruits I am most excited about aren't those guys but the Mike Smiths, Ryan Mayes, and Darrion Owens, and Juwon Youngs.

i'm excited about Juwon Young. Weight room beast
 
I was reading an ESPN article today and was surprised that by flipping that OG 'bama just passed us for ESPN 300 recruits. The funny thing is, after looking through the list of our ESPN 300 guys, many of the recruits I am most excited about aren't those guys but the Mike Smiths, Ryan Mayes, and Darrion Owens, and Juwon Youngs.

i'm excited about Juwon Young. Weight room beast

He could 245 in his freshman year, with low body fat.
 
“One kid that caught my eye was a young kid named Brandon Powell. He’s from Deerfield Beach and he’s really good. Of course, Trayone Gray from Carol City is a tremendous player. My bull brother Mike Smith has great work ethic too.”

 

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220
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