In back to back days the Gophers have landed big commits for the offensive side of the ball.
Army All-American Connor Mayes is the fifth commit in the class of 2014.
Yesterday, TE Gaelin Elmore made his commitment to the Gophers staff in person. Today, Army All-American Connor Mayes stopped by the facilities to give Head Coach Jerry Kill his verbal commitment to the University of Minnesota.
“We went over to the facilities and told Coach Limegrover and Coach Kill today. I think at first Coach Limegrover had an idea it was coming. But I brought them into the office to tell them I was ready to be a Gopher and they were extremely excited” Mayes told Gopher247.
Connor, from Van Alstyne (Tx.) is the No. 2 ranked Center in the country on 247Composite. The high 3-star chose the Gophers over offers from TCU, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Baylor, Kansas State, Texas Tech and many more.
Mayes and his family made the trip to Minnesota last week to move in brother, and Freshman to be, Alex Mayes. Connor and older brother Alex are both extremely close, and both looked to continue their career playing together.
The two have had aspirations of playing D1 football together since being little. On telling older brother Alex, Connor said, "Alex was very excited for me, he was just getting done with a workout when I got a chance to stop and see him.”
While on campus this last weekend, Connor and his family spent a lot of time with the Minnesota staff. It was the long term relationships with Head Coach Jerry Kill and Offensive Coordinator Matt Limegrover that helped seal the commitment for the Army All-American.
Connor’s father told Gopher247 last night, that the visit to Minnesota was “great!” Mr. Mayes also explained how, “great” Father’s Day has been to him over the years. The birth of his daughter came on Father’s Day, yesterday he officially dropped off his eldest (Alex) off to play D1 football, and today (ok, a day later) his middle child (Connor) is making his commitment.
Mayes explained that while out on Lake Minnetonka with the Wipson family yesterday, he had a time to think and talk things over with his father. “I’ve had it on my mind for a while, but I talked with my dad last night and finally felt comfortable making it official today” Mayes explained.
The addition of Connor Mayes to the class of 2014 is huge in bolstering the continued development of the offensive line for Coach Limegrover. Connor brings the mean and nasty blocking style every college program looks for in their interior lineman.
Gopher247 looks forward to the next installment of Journal of Connorisms.