After Whitehaven senior offensive lineman Tony Mays observed just one University of Memphis football practice, his decision was as good as made.
Mays, a 6-foot-5, 260-pound lineman, committed to Memphis on Sunday morning at the end of his official visit, becoming the Tigers’ 15th commitment of the 2012 class.
“I love how they run practices and the enthusiasm of (Memphis coach Justin) Fuente,” Mays said. “He’s in the middle of everything. He’s right there blowing the whistle. If you’re running, he’s chasing you down with the whistle. He’s just in the mix.”
Mays, rated a 2-star OL, picked Memphis over MTSU, Arkansas State, and Southern Miss. He had an MTSU visit scheduled for next weekend but has cancelled the official trip, he said.
Mays was sidelined for the majority of this past season with a broken ankle. He said he has fully recovered and is ready to contribute to the Tigers’ program.
“The thing I like the most is that it’s a new staff,” Mays said. “No player really has a spot. Everyone has to work hard and earn a spot. We’ve just gotta work hard to get somewhere this year knowing that everyone is going to be pushing each other.”
Mays is the fourth offensive lineman of the 2012 class, although it’s unclear at this point how many recruits will count toward last year’s class. The Tigers signed two mid-year offensive linemen enrollees in Markeith Minnick and Antonio Foster.
Mays said he’s projected to play offensive tackle at the next level.
“This was a hard decision,” Mays said. “I really just prayed on it and asked God to help me make the right decision. I think I landed here for a reason.”