May 2, 2010
Tide pursuing Miss. LB
Taylorsville (MS) outside linebacker Marcus Mayers has accumulated a short but very impressive offer list so far that includes all three in-state schools as well as powerhouses Oklahoma and Alabama. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound defender has stayed off the national recruiting radar but among the five schools that have offered him scholarships, he remains a high priority.
"I talk to Coach (Kirby) Smart a good bit. Alabama has been really after me ever since they offered and they've done a really good job at developing a relationship with me," Mayers said. "They tell me that they like my speed and my aggressiveness and that I would be a really good fit at outside linebacker for them."
While Mayers grew up an Ole Miss fan, he said his childhood fandom of the Rebels won't affect his final decision and said in fact that two other schools have been pursuing him harder this spring.
"Everybody is even for me right now but I probably hear the most from Alabama and Mississippi State. There are things I really like about both of those schools. Alabama has good people involved at every step. Good coaches, good players and good fans. I also really like that they run a 3-4 defense like a lot of the pro teams run now."
"Mississippi State is really interesting to me because of their new defensive coordinator, Coach (Manny) Diaz. His defense is all about making big plays and it looks like it would be a lot of fun to play in."
"I visited both schools during the spring and they were the only two I visited. There are probably a few more places I would like to visit at some point but I definitely got a good impression from Alabama and Mississippi State."
Mayers, who plans to attend camps at Memphis and Alabama this summer, said he won't likely let the recruiting process drag on into the fall.
"I want to try to have my decision made before the first game of the season this fall, so I will probably make an announcement sometime in August, if not sooner."
As a junior, Mayers recorded 89 tackles and hauled in three interceptions.
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