Defensive end Mayes expects to join Bulls in January
Sarasota Booker defensive end Eric Mayes, one of two USF signees who did not report for the start of classes last week, said Monday that he was held up by an academic issue but expects to join the Bulls in January after posting a qualifying entrance exam score.
Mayes, rated as a four-star recruit by ESPN, said he is working out with his high school team and is also working with a tutor, so he'll retake the test this fall and is confident he'll post the necessary score to join the Bulls for spring classes. By that, he can be considered a commitment toward USF's 2014 recruiting class.
Mayes was a three-star recruit by Rivals and 247sports and a two-star recruit according to Scout, and rated by 247 as the state's No. 212 overall prospect in the state, which ranks 14th among USF's signees. ESPN thought very highly of Mayes, ranking him as the state's No. 40 overall prospect, highest among USF's class.
Defensive end is one of USF's deepest positions, with a potential breakout star in Notre Dame transfer Aaron Lynch, returning starters in Tevin Mims and Julius Forte, and senior Ryne Giddins recovering from a shoulder injury. With players like Eric Lee and Daniel Perry also returning, Mayes was likely a redshirt candidate this fall.
The other signee not to report with newcomers last week was cornerback Darius Whitty of Jacksonville First Coast, whose plans for the fall remain unknown.