April 29, 2010

Offers rolling in for Mississippi linebacker

Marcus Mayers has made it to Starkville, Hattiesburg and Tuscaloosa this spring, checking out potential college homes and meeting with prospective college coaches.

The 6-foot-2, 195-pound linebacker from Taylorsville, Miss., hasn't made it to Oxford this spring, however.

The Rebels would like to change that soon, and that was a message Ole Miss defensive coordinator Tyrone Nix tried to convey earlier this week during an evaluation visit to Mayers' school.

"He was just saying he wanted to lay eyes on me and he wanted to get me to his campus," Mayers said.

Mayers said he plans to get to Oxford at some point soon, and the Rebels appear to be in line for an official visit later in the process.

"I really don't know much about them," Mayers said, referring to Ole Miss.

The Rebels have offered, as have Mississippi State, Southern Mississippi, Oklahoma and Alabama. Mayers said he enjoyed his trip to Mississippi State this spring.

"I liked the stadium and everything," Mayers said. "I liked (Mississippi State defensive coordinator) Coach (Manny) Diaz. They said they need linebackers."

As for his trip to Tuscaloosa, Mayers was impressed with his meeting with Alabama coach Nick Saban.

"I loved it," Mayers said. "They have a big stadium and I got to meet with Coach Saban. He offered me a scholarship and he said I'm going to leave with a degree and all that."

Southern Miss' coaches, meanwhile, told Mayers they feel he I"a good linebacker and I can be physical at times and I'm fast."

Mayers, who had 89 tackles and three interceptions last season, said he plans to take several official visits before making a decision sometime close to National Signing Day in February. Specifically, Mayers said he wants to make sure he takes official visits to both Ole Miss and Alabama.

For now, however, Mayers' focus has shifted to spring football and his preparations for his senior season at Taylorsville. Mayers, who described his style of play as "fast and downhill," said he also "just have to get stronger."

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