West Virginia’s recruiting roll continued on Saturday as offensive lineman Chris Mayo from The Peddie School in Hightstown, New Jersey, pledged to the Mountaineers over offers from Auburn, Tennessee, Pitt, and more.
Mayo’s final decision came down to two schools — WVU and Kentucky.
“The O-line is a great group of guys who want to win,” Mayo said about his decision. “I think, where the program is going, I’m going to fit right in. My whole life, I’ve been waiting for this moment, and I’m blessed to have the opportunity to fall in love with a school and its staff.”
Mayo was one of over a dozen recruits that officially visited West Virginia last weekend. He came away raving about the trip and the connection that he built with the staff, admitting that the Mountaineers were right there in his top group.
Mayo had actually already been to Morgantown before, swinging through town for an unofficial visit back in the spring. That was his first time in the state of West Virginia, and he said at the time he was “pleasantly surprised” with what he saw.
A lot of the credit for Mayo’s commitment goes to area recruiter Chad Scott. The West Virginia running backs coach had built up a relationship with Mayo when Scott was still at North Carolina. Within days of being officially hired by WVU, he reached out on behalf of the Mountaineers and extended an offer. The two stayed in touch frequently over the last few months, keeping WVU not only in the picture, but in the forefront of Mayo’s recruitment.
Mayo received a three-star, 0.8858-rating in the 247Sports Composite as the nation’s No. 19 offensive guard.