June 10, 2010

One school out in front for talented Miss. linebacker

National Signing Day isn't until Feb. 2.

However, if today were the first day college football prospects could begin signing binding national letters-of-intent, Marcus Mayers knows which set of paperwork he'd sign and put into the fax machine at Taylorsville (Miss.) High School.

Mayers, a three-star linebacker with offers from half of the SEC West, Oklahoma and Southern Mississippi, said Wednesday one school has moved to the front of the race for his signature after a long week of camps.

"Hopefully, I'm going to make (a verbal commitment public) before my first game," Mayers said. "If not, I want to make it within the first four games or so. If I had to decide right here, right now, it would be Ole Miss."

Mayers spent last Saturday and Sunday at Ole Miss before heading east to Tuscaloosa, Ala., for the Crimson Tide's camp. As for his time with Houston Nutt and the Rebels, Mayers said it was nice.

"I felt like I did good," Mayers said. "I think I could've done a little better in my vertical jump (25 inches), but that was the only thing I could've done better. The coaches let me know they like me and I've got a full scholarship up there at Ole Miss. They like to have fun while we were doing drills. I like them."

Mayers said he spent some quality time with Nutt and enjoyed his company. However, the coach who left the most lasting impression was Ole Miss defensive coordinator Tyrone Nix.

"He's a determined coach," Nix said. "He wants the best out of every rep. That's what I like about him."

Mayers said Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Oklahoma are his top three schools at this point. He'll camp at Mississippi State this weekend.

Mayers said Alabama is "not in my top, but that's a great school." As for the Tide's camp, Mayers said it was "a tough camp. We had two-a-days three hours a day. I liked it, but it was tough."

Alabama coach Nick Saban, Mayers said, "introduced himself to me and said he was glad to have me."

Mayers, ranked as the No. 20 outside linebacker in the country by Rivals.com, had 89 tackles and three quarterback sacks as a junior.

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