West Orange (N.J.) Seton Hall Prep cornerback Grant Mayes made a name for himself earlier this week at the Elite College Combine. In front of dozens of college coaches, the 6-foot-1, 187-pounder turned heads.
"It was great and I had fun, it was really fun competing against the best talent in the country," he stated. "I think I displayed great ability and change of direction in one-on-one drills. Not one receiver caught a pass on me, I think I showed I was a lockdown receiver against some of the top wideouts, Morgan Carter and Dejuan Miller."
Following the impressive combine, Mayes picked up his first offer from Illinois.
"I got my first offer on Wednesday around three from Illinois," he said. "It came from the Big Ten and that's big time, one of the best conferences in the country. Every game there you have to bring you're a game because they have four or five national ranked teams every year.
"That offer is making me think about Illinois right now. I like the tradition they have there and I like the coach that is recruiting me a lot. I am looking into a visit, sometime in the next month."
Plenty of other colleges are thinking about sending an offer too.
"Temple, Boston College, Purdue and Rutgers are telling me they should be offering. They are all just saying they are reviewing my film and then will call in the next few weeks."
Are there any leaders for Mayes services?
"It's early for me," he said. "I'm going to have to think about it with my family and collect all the offers in June and July and then make a decision. I want to get it done early."
In the near future, the Garden State prospect plans to attend the Nike Camp at Rutgers along with summer camps at Maryland and Rutgers.
Meanwhile, Mayes is keeping busy running track.
"I'm in the 4x4 and we made the finals by placing sixth out of 700 teams in the Penn relays," he said. "That means we're on track to be an All-American and we've got one of the fastest times in the country along with a team in Maryland and Jamaica."