Three-star offensive tackle Alex Mayes (Van Alstyne, Texas/Van Alstyne) ended his recruiting process with a Big Ten commitment on Monday. He also gave one school its first commitment in four months.
Mayes verbally committed to Minnesota and became the Golden Gophers’ second commitment of the 2013 recruiting class. He joined three-star cornerback Keelon Brookins (Oakdale, Minn./Tartan), who committed in February.
A 6-foot-5, 280-pound tackle, Mayes chose Minnesota over offers from Colorado and Kansas State. He also had offers from Colorado State, Arkansas State, Kansas, Texas State and a few other programs.
“They’ve been on me since Day 1. They’ve been showing me a lot of love,” Mayes said of Minnesota. “I went up there and fell in love with the place. I love coaching staff; it’s a lot like what I have here. It’s where I want to spend the next four years of my life.
“There was nothing against Colorado or Kansas State. Both great schools, and I would have had a great opportunity there. The guys recruiting me are great guys, but Minnesota was the best place for me.”
Recruited by offensive coordinator Matt Limegrover and receivers coach Pat Poore, Mayes said the Minnesota coaching staff has discussed playing him at either left tackle or right tackle. He also could see some time at the guard position because of his versatility. Mayes was a first-team, all-district tackle as a junior. He is ranked No. 109 among all tackles and No. 139 among all players in Texas.
With Mayes’ commitment, the question has been raised about his brother, 2014 center Connor Mayes, and his future college plans. Alex said Connor is entertaining offers from several schools – including Minnesota.
“I want Connor to be to do his own deal and make all of the recruiting trips,” Alex said. “He has some good schools looking at him. Little brother has some talent. Before he decides he wants to play with me, I want him to weigh all of his options first.”