Varsity Preps

2015 Watch List QB Brad Mayes, Berkeley Prep

2015 Watch List QB Brad Mayes (Tampa, Fla.) of Berkeley Prep currently holds one verbal offer from UMass. This summer, he’s hit the college camp circuit hard in hopes of building his offer list.

“I’ve attended camps at Florida, Florida St., Georgia, NC St., North Carolina, Duke, Wake Forest, Boston College, and Penn St.”

The 6-foot-2, 190 pound signal-caller reports that Florida, FSU, USF, UCF, Boston College, and Penn St. are showing the most interest. He spoke about each program recruiting him.

“I camped at Florida last year and I camped again this summer. Offensive coordinator Brent Pease told me I’m either first or second on their 2015 quarterback board,” he reports. “I think UF might be close to offering. Coach Pease said he’s coming to see one of my games this fall.

FSU wide receivers coach Lawrence Dawsey called my head coach and asked me to come to their camp. I attended their camp last season, but nothing major since.

“I’ve visited USF a couple of times, it’s local. I have a good relationship with QB coach Nick Sheridan and I hope I can visit the Bulls again sometime soon.

“I’ve been able to see UCF’s campus once. I’d like to get down to Orlando to camp, but I feel they’re very interested in me,” Mayes said. “I feel like they may offer during the season.

“I camped at both Penn. St. and Boston College earlier this summer. Both were great experiences and I was told after the completion of both camps that I elevated my position on their 2015 quarterback boards.”

Berkeley Prep’s returning junior quarterback said he feels the Knights are recruiting him the hardest.

“I would say right now UCF is showing the most attention and I get the feeling they’re the program that’s most interested.”

Last season, Mayes threw for 1251 yards with 12 touchdowns and five interceptions. On the ground, he rushed for an additional 315 yards and four scores. This offseason, he received extra reps working with Team Tampa and by working with a former college quarterback.

“I’ve really worked to improve my accuracy and footwork with former Maryland QB John Kaleo. By working with him, it’s improved my chances of leading my team to the state championship and earning more offers.”

Mayes shared with Varsity Preps what he’ll be seeking from a college program.

“I’m looking for a strong academic school. Academics come first at home, so that will be the most important factor in my decision. Second will be the relationships I build with the coaches during the recruiting process. I want to feel comfortable around the staff I’ll be around for four or five years.”

The offensive scheme a program runs won’t be important to the 2015 standout.

“Not really, as long as I get a chance to compete, scheme won’t matter.”

Mayes said there are currently no frontrunners and has no timetable on making a decision.

“No favorites right now,” he said. “I think I need to pick up a few more offers before I think about a decision date.”

— Michael Bradley

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