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Terps’ inaugural Big Ten season impresses Sylvester Mayers

2016 ATH Sylvester Mayers is being patient as his recruitment develops.


The 2016 recruiting class is loaded with talent, especially in the DMV area. Trevon Diggs (younger brother of Stefon), Tino Ellis and Lorenzo Harrison are just a few of the elite skill players from the DMV area. Although the three aforementioned players have justified hype surrounding their recruitment, it can be the underappreciated recruits who make as big of an impact, or even bigger in some cases, when they step on a college campus. 2016 Hermitage High School (VA) ATH Sylvester Mayers is one recruit to keep an eye in the coming months with the spring evaluation period on the horizon. The 5'7' 151 pound junior has been in discussion with the Maryland coaching staff, and has expressed interest and optimism in the Terrapin football program.

"My interest in Maryland comes from seeing the way they play and their fight in the games," said the junior when asked about the intriguing facets of the Terps. "The coaches seem to be doing a great job with the team."

With a slew of young receivers returning to College Park, the Maryland coaching staff has discussed the possible future of Mayers in a Terrapin uniform and feels he could blend in with the talented group.

"When I talked to them, if I had a chance to come and play for them, they said they'd want me as a slot receiver."

Mayers, who has played WR, RB and S for Glen Allen and is not yet rated in the 247Sports Composite, currently holds a scholarship offer from Cincinnati. He has kept himself busy however by showcasing his skill set at a plethora of camps in ACC and Big Ten territory.

"From last year coming to this year I've been able to camp at Boston College, Virginia Tech, Duke, North Carolina, Penn State, Michigan State, UVA, NC State, and Clemson. I've attended games at all schools except Michigan State and Duke."

With a 3rd place finish in the Big Ten East division, and winning critical road games against Penn State and Michigan, Mayers has certainly taken notice of the success from this past season, and sees signs of a bright, long-lasting future atop the Big Ten standings.

"After their first season in the Big Ten, I have gained even more respect for them because of the fact that the Big Ten is no easy conference. I feel as time goes they'll get better and better in the conference."

As some recruits head into their senior seasons with the mindset of rushing the recruitment process in hopes of obtaining more scholarships, Mayers is playing it cool and even-keeled when it comes to adding up the offers.

"As far as schools I want offers from, there's really none in particular that I'm trying to get to offer. I want the schools that offer to have the time to decide if I'm really what they want or not." From the schools that have expressed interest, there is no list of programs that have separated themselves in Mayer's eyes. "Besides the schools that are currently recruiting me, there's really no program that stands out more than the other. Cincinnati stands out because they're the only school to offer me a scholarship so far. I'm just playing it slowly and patiently as far as the process goes."