Outside linebacker Jerod Mayo is as highly recruited as any player in Virginia. One school now leads by a slim margin.
"Right now I'd probably have to give a slight edge to Virginia," said Mayo. "All along they've been recruiting me consistently and you can tell that their coaches really seem interested. I think everyone who is being recruited has at least thought about staying close to home for college, so that's something that is probably in their favor."
The 6-foot-2, 214-pound linebacker from Hampton (Va.) Kecoughtan runs the 40-yard dash in 4.6 seconds and his frame will allow him to easily carry more weight.
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"UVA really takes pride in what they're doing with their program. The defense looks a lot better this year than last, and the coaches are doing a great job getting good linebackers. I think a lot of the guys they've recruited have improved a lot since they've been there, so it seems like they're developing well."
Who else is Mayo interested in?
"Well, Virginia is ahead of the others by a little bit, but not by much. NC State, Virginia Tech, Tennessee and Purdue are a few others I'm still really interested in. All four of those schools have programs that have been good for at least a few years. I've listened to what they all have had to say and I think I'd fit into their defenses really well."
Mayo has already set up a few official visits. He plans on visiting NC State on Dec. 5, Virginia on Dec. 12, Purdue on Dec. 19 and Virginia Tech on Jan. 23.
"I have offers from all of those schools. I'm a little surprised North Carolina hasn't offered yet, because I have shown some interest in them. They got a lot of linebackers last year, so maybe that has something to do with it."
Through five games Mayo has led his Kecoughtan squad to a 3-2 record. He has recorded 50 tackles and six sacks on the year.