Logan Mayes is following in his father's footsteps by playing at Washington State but that's not the only reason he decided to commit to the Cougars. The Eugene (Ore.) Marist linebacker visited a bunch of places and felt everything he could want - and more - was in Pullman.
"I've been to a lot of schools and been to a lot of different places and been to a lot of spring practices and WSU really had a lot of great things going for it," Mayes said.
"Football-wise the defense is almost like my high school defense so that's a great fit there. There wouldn't be a whole lot of transition. Some guys get to college and they don't know where they fit in. That's one major roadblock out of the way."
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Idaho had also offered Mayes, who was hearing from Northwestern, UCLA, Stanford and other Pac-10 schools but the 6-foot-3, 218-pound prospect said playing at Washington State felt like the right fit. His father, Reuben, was a standout with the Cougars and he hopes to follow in his path.
"My dad playing at WSU and going there was how a lot of this ended up happening, the reason I ended up living there and knowing them was because of my dad," said Mayes, who lived in Pullman for about 10 years.
"I know the staff really well and that was a big part of my recruitment. It's a great fit and it's a school I'm used to being around since I was born. It was really the place for me. I don't think any place could offer me more than WSU."
Being a part of the rebuilding process at Washington State also played a factor in Mayes' recruitment and he thinks things are quickly turning around. Mayes pointed to the Cougars' 2011 recruiting class so far - which features running back Bishop Sankey, one of the top players in the Pacific Northwest.
"WSU athletics in general is really positive and all those guys have really good attitudes about football," Mayes said. "I really feel like they're a program that's really on the rise. Their spring practice looked really good. All the other Pac-10 schools I went to, they looked like they have the talent to compete next year. They're going to surprise a lot of people.
"They're really building something good there. You talk about their 2011 class right now, I know some bigger schools have 10-plus commits, but Bishop Sankey is a really good player … and there are a couple other guys so they're building a good class. They have something really positive going on there. In the next two or three years they're really going to surprise some people."