ESPN 300 DE Eric Mayes planning visits

With the game out of reach against Fort Myers (Fla.) Dunbar and any hopes at a postseason fading, ESPN 300 defensive end Eric Mayes (Sarasota, Fla./Booker) wanted to make one last play that he hoped would inspire the younger guys for the future.

Dunbar sophomore running back Marquise Bryant took a handoff from the 1-yard-line and broke through Booker’s defense en route to what looked like a 99-yard touchdown run. But Mayes never gave up on the play and the 6-foot-5, 240-pound senior chased Bryant down 70 yards later.

“The game was pretty much over but that doesn’t mean you stop trying,” Mayes said. “I was upset at myself for letting him get away the first time so I wanted to try to catch him again.”

While the play didn’t change the final outcome of the game, it showed the effort that Mayes has put forth to become one of the highest-ranked players in the nation.

Mayes took an official visit to Kentucky earlier in the season; he’s planning on visits to Iowa State and Purdue shortly.

“I’m not sure when I’m going to take those but it will be this month. I’m going to wait for the end of the season next week,” Mayes said. “Those schools will definitely get visits. I’m looking at West Virginia and Marshall, too.”

Mayes said he enjoyed the Kentucky visit but the recent news with Joker Phillips’ dismissal will play a part in his final decision. He would like to make a final decision before the end of the year.