Brad Mayes loves Berkeley Prep. He loves his talented football team, he loves the academic reputation of the school and he loves the quaintness of the campus.
He figured why not do another four years someplace like it
Wednesday morning, Mayes orally committed to Lehigh University.
"I made the decision because I was ready,'' Mayes said. "I really wanted to focus on the team this year, they need my full concentration and commitment. I'd say I wanted to get this out of the way so I can put all my effort and concentration into the season."
Mayes completed a career-best 52 percent of his passes last season and threw for over 1,000 yards and eight touchdowns, and for his career has thrown for 2,280 yards and 18 scores. He has rushed for 10 touchdowns as well, while guiding the Bucs to a 12-8 record.
The Mountain Hawks were 8-3 last season, and are 39-9 and 17-3 in the Patriot League since 2009. Jesuit products Brad Smith and Drew Paulson are joined on the current roster by former Countryside kicker Ryan Pandy.
"It compares to Berkeley,'' said Mayes, who is heading into his third season as the Bucs' starting quarterback. "It has a great football team, has really good academics and it's not that big of a school. I'd love to go to another Berkelely for four more years."
"It's a great campus,'' Mayes said. "I can see myself having a good time there."