Georgia football signee Chris Mayes heading to junior college

Georgia can now expect 25 football signees to enroll in camp this summer instead of 26.

Chris Mayes, a 6-foot-5, 295-pound defensive tackle from Griffin, will be heading to junior college instead. Mayes has accepted a scholarship offer from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Spalding High School officials confirmed.

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“Yes, he’s going to Mississippi Gulf Coast,” said Jeff Hyland, athletic director at Spalding. “That’s what the plan is.  They’re going to try to get him in summer school. He’ll play his freshman and sophomore years, he’ll graduate in December and be at Georgia that spring. That’s the plan. That’s what they try to do down there.”

Mississippi Gulf Coast is the same school that produced fellow Georgia  signee John Jenkins and former Alabama star Terrance Cody. It’s actually good fortune for Mayes to be able to get into the school because it offers only a very limited number of scholarships to out-of-state players.

“They’re only allowed so many out-of-state players the way the Mississippi junior college system is set up,” Highland said. “Most have to come from a particular area of that state. They decided to take Chris and we’re happy about that.”

Mayes was considered a longshot to qualify even before he signed with the Bulldogs back in February. He was a four-star prospect, according to Rivals.com and ESPN.com, and a three-star according to Scout.com. He recorded 34 tackles, nine tackles-for-loss and two sacks as a senior on a struggling Spalding team last season.

Though he was not like to compete for playing time as a freshman at Georgia, he was one of only two defensive line signees for the Bulldogs in this class, with Jenkins being the other.

Mayes is the first member of the 2011 class to fall short of academic requirements. It is not known at this time if there will be any others. Most high school seniors are currently negotiating final exams before graduating. The Bulldogs signed 26 players to national letters-of-intent on Feb. 2.

By Chip Towers, The UGA Blog

118 comments Add your comment

BYRDDAWG

May 4th, 2011
2:31 pm

BYRDDAWG

May 4th, 2011
2:31 pm

dawgrific

May 4th, 2011
2:34 pm

Third!!!! Woo-Hoo!!!!!!!!

dawgrific

May 4th, 2011
2:34 pm

Now, he will be fine, and we will be fine, especially on the D-Line!

WOW

May 4th, 2011
2:35 pm

Wonder how much the good folks at MS Gulf Coast were paid to take him.

Top Row Dog

May 4th, 2011
2:37 pm

Come on back to UGA next few years Mayes, can’t have enough Griffin men!!!

BG

May 4th, 2011
2:55 pm

WOW,are you slow??

78 DAWG

May 4th, 2011
2:56 pm

How many won’t qualify this year?
Maybe the coaches raises should have been bigger, since they’ve done so well since the SI #1 ranking!

What happens for 4 years

May 4th, 2011
3:04 pm

We get top 5 recruiting classes, they average 8 wins a year and then they are top NFL draft picks?

George

May 4th, 2011
3:05 pm

Education comes first when will they ever learn.

LOL

May 4th, 2011
3:06 pm

Guess grades arent too important to the kid…least not in High School. No wonder Tech didnt recruit him.

LOL

May 4th, 2011
3:12 pm

Not that he would go to Tech. Because he was a 4 star recruit and we can only land 2 and 3 star guys!

Jesse Jackson

May 4th, 2011
3:12 pm

George

What do you mean by “they?” Hmm?

Reaper

May 4th, 2011
3:13 pm

These kids need to learn what’s important. Hope he learns the value of an education while he’s there.

BYRDDAWG

May 4th, 2011
3:14 pm

LOL, tech did sign Reggie Ball & he couldn’t count to 4….LOL LOL LOL

Tobias Funke

May 4th, 2011
3:17 pm

So in 2 years we will have another guy ala Cody, Jenkins. Fine by me. Good luck young man.

Study!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tobias Funke

May 4th, 2011
3:19 pm

Don’t pick on Reggie. He just thought he had a 5th down.

Tobias Funke

May 4th, 2011
3:21 pm

I heard Paul Johnson has this Tuba player in Snellville ready to commit. Great job.

D-Dawg

May 4th, 2011
3:21 pm

Does this free up another scholarship for our 2012 recruiting?…17 now Chip?

Chip Towers

May 4th, 2011
3:24 pm

D-Dawg: Yes, if you can get a midyear enrollee.

Wolfman

May 4th, 2011
3:25 pm

Hey.. If he can get his academics in order and get a Cam payment to join a DIV I school it will work out fine.

Wolfman

May 4th, 2011
3:26 pm

@Tobias Funke: They gave Colorado 5 downs, didn’t they???

RichmondDawg

May 4th, 2011
3:29 pm

Would love to see Keith Marshall as that midyear enrollee…but who wouldn’t. Might just shift that scholly over to jalen or lonnie, open up another space for a high school kid. We only have what, 17 or so to give this year?

TennesseeDawg

May 4th, 2011
3:32 pm

Tobias, it’s a package deal, they also had to offer his trumpet playing best friend to get him

VixDawg

May 4th, 2011
3:35 pm

Miss Gulf Coast = beast farm

RomeDawg

May 4th, 2011
3:48 pm

I always struggle to understand this. These kids tend to know pretty early in high school if a college scholly is gonna open up for them and they goof around and have this happen. WTF?? I went to school with Brian Smith at Pepperell, man, he was one heckuva ball player. We joked as freshman he was gonna go pro (which he did, played for the Falcons, but tore his knee up in NFL Europe) but there we were the last day of school waiting to see if he passed an English class so he could graduate on time. His problem was that all the so-called adults in the school bowed to him and never held him accountable. He roamed the halls, skipped class and done pretty much as he pleased for most of the time. The problem is that these guys leave high school thinking the world revovles around them.

Coaches, do your stud players a favor…hold them accountable as young men and students as well as football players!

shane#1

May 4th, 2011
3:49 pm

Who coaches the defense at that school? They seem to have a knack for working with bigs. There might be an assistant with major college potential, say as a defensive line coach.

kerryb

May 4th, 2011
3:50 pm

This will be good for him. He’ll get a lot of playing time at a school that turns out good DT’s. He wasn’t going to get much in the first two years at UGA. His Junior year he’ll be ready to step in for Big Jenks.

WOW

May 4th, 2011
3:54 pm

Miss Gulf Coast = Plantation-type development system

Let’s review the immortal words of
Dr. Leroy Ervin, “former” Dean of Developmental Studies at UGA:

“Now, you talk about [how] these kids are not taught in high school. They aren’t. We try to teach them here, but there is no way to do it. The majority of these kids are black that are coming in, and it kind of rips in at me at the insides, and I take it very, very personal. I know for a fact that these kids would not be here if it were not for their utility to the institution. There is no real sound academic reason for their being here other than to be utilized to produce income. They are used as a kind of raw material in the production of some goods to be sold…and they get nothing in return….”

Read that quote again:

“There is no real sound academic reason for their being here other than to be utilized to produce income.”

Generate Income for who you ask? The UGA Athletic Association. Thats who.

Now le’ts review the equally immortal words of that other
bastion of integrity, UGA Alum/Attorney Hale Almon, as stated in Federal Court:

“We may not make a university student out of him, but if we can teach him to read and write, maybe he can work at the post office rather than as a garbage man when he gets through with his athletic career.”

And there you have it. UGA: Then and Now.

The General Feeling

May 4th, 2011
3:57 pm

UGA signs a top 10 class of high schoolers every year and sends many of these kids to the NFL, in fact , more than most. So why can’t they win while in Athens?

UGA Poofer

May 4th, 2011
4:00 pm

RomeDawg “and done pretty much as he pleased ” I bet he did better in English than you.

HECKLE

May 4th, 2011
4:04 pm

Larry

May 4th, 2011
4:05 pm

Ok, two things. These high schools and coaches are not doing their jobs by allowing these kids to get to this point with their grades. There are alot of really good players with great grades that get overlooked every year in favor of the one that might run a little faster or be a little bit bigger, but can’t he write his own name. Stop wasting scholarships and bring in real student athletes.

cadawg

May 4th, 2011
4:10 pm

mayes is raw, and they clearly have something in the water down at MGC JC. i hope he uses his time to develop his technique and comes back to athens ready to wreak havoc. go dawgs!!

Beast from the East

May 4th, 2011
4:13 pm

Every big signing class is going to have a few that don’t qualify academically. For his sake, I hope he learns to put school first so he can get a degree.

GoDawgs

May 4th, 2011
4:26 pm

I am amazed how many of you fans had it all together when you were 15-16. Most of these guys screw up early and don’t realize it until it is too late. Doesn’t mean he wasn’t trying his junior and senior year. However, the NCAA rules have changed a lot over the last few years and it is hard to make up for lost time.

Captain

May 4th, 2011
4:28 pm

WOW I have no idea whose axe you are grinding but whoever it is, their situation is no different than the one at The Univ ofGeorgia. Perhaps you could do us a favor and declare an allegiance.

For the sake of argument let me assume you are one of those closet GT fans who love to hide in the shadows and hurl BS bombs. Tyrone Sorrells, a football player at Georgia in the early 80’s, was unable to exit those Dev Studies to which you allude. Tyrone, thank goodness, was fortunate and found another college where he could enroll. A school where he did not have to contend with the rigors and demands of Dev Studies. Tyrone earned his degree, didn’t play much football, but he had a degree. Tyrone Sorrells is a proud graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology, played for Bill Curry. Guess the moral is Dev Studies at Georgia are tougher than all those engineering classes at Tech. You think? There’s also the examples of basketball players Sammy Drummer and Brooke Steppe, two masters of calculus who could add 2+2 and come anywhere near 4.

What about today? GT has one of the lower graduation rates for football and basketball in the ACC, hovering in the bottom 1/3. Georgia has one of themhigher grad rates in the SEC and both are higher than GT. This is the same GT which was placed on NCAA probation for playing “academically ineligible” players. Perhaps you should check the most recent APR scores. Again, you will find Georgia ahead of GT. Incoming SAT or ACT scores of freshman football players? About the same for the most recently released, however GT was behind Georgia in 4 of 7 yrs.

Please, the case you cite was before these young guys who will enter as Freshmen were born. It’s been 25 years. Times have changed, why GT broke through sexual barriers and allowed a male student to become part of its formerly all female flag corp in the band, Flag Boy (that’s F’l'ag).

UGA Poofer

May 4th, 2011
4:35 pm

Thank you Captain, Not everyone knows how hard our turf management course is.

WOW

May 4th, 2011
4:49 pm

It’s a fact that UGA’s APR rate is 2nd only to Vandy in the SEC.

However, that merely confirms that the UGA APR is a joke.

Its pretty easy to jack-up APR stats with a roster full of
“Housing” and “Leisure Studies” majors. LOL.

You say, “It’s been 25 years. Times have changed.”

In fact, at UGA, things havent changed at all in 25 years.

In fact, the “standards” are even lower now than before.

It is what is.

bruce mac

May 4th, 2011
4:55 pm

Prepare for the third ars whopping in a row by both Basketball and Football Dawgs you chump Yechies. You are UGA’s beeach now and forever. Deal with it.

The Ghost of Wally Butts

May 4th, 2011
4:56 pm

(FROM THE AJC HOME PAGE) WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has sent a pointed letter to the NCAA asking why there isn’t a playoff system for college football, saying “serious questions” continue to be raised about whether the current Bowl Championship Series complies with federal antitrust laws.

Okay…..here is my prediction….tons of federal lawmakers (and Obama admin staff) are now going to get free tix to the BOWLS…..and that will be the end of the Justice Dept messing with the BCS.

Bet on it.

Raoul Duke

May 4th, 2011
4:59 pm

UGA Poofer – C’mon Man! He said that he went to Pepperell – give ‘em a break!

Outside Observer

May 4th, 2011
5:21 pm

shane#1, Mayes went to Spalding High School. Same city as Corey Moore and Xavier Dickson (as well as the Clemons brothers, Toby Jackson, John Sullivan, etc) but different high school.

savannadawg

May 4th, 2011
5:22 pm

OK. Chip here is my two cents worth. UGA cannot AFFORD this. Coach Mark Richt can’t AFFORD this. WHY??? We are already on the brink of being illrelevent to the SEC and to a lesser extent, the CFA. We have too recruit kids that can play sooner rather than later and we cannot be scared to play them and this has to include good academic responsibilities. Coach Richts “The Georgia Way”, What is that? Will someone please explain to me, what that means? Surely it doesn’t mean loosing, because folks, rather we admit it or not, we are not as good as we should be! And that is the bottom line. We did a better job of recruiting this year via the athletic side but I don’t know about the academic side. But my point is, too me anyway, this class is still far from what we need to compete for a Championship within the next two years. We still don’t have enough depth on either side of the line of scrimmage. This is SOO embarasing too me, because I can remeber when opponents were scared to death to let UGA have the ball in the fourth quarter with 5 or less minutes on the clock, behind or in front, it just didn’t matter, we more than not found a way too win. I havn’t FELT this feeling in a long, long time.

BullDawg Rick

May 4th, 2011
5:32 pm

Chris Mayes will be just fine.. He’ll get real PT at MGCC because he was not going to get on the field as a FR.. I hope this young man gets his academics together for HIMSELF…

I agree that he should’va been hitting the books sooner, but if he gets his act together, he’ll be a better person for having gone thru this when he gets in the Red & Black!

Good Luck to you Chris

King Gator

May 4th, 2011
5:32 pm

Mayes is the first member of the 2011 class to fall short of academic requirements. – FIRST!! Nicely done Mr Mayes. Go Gators!

dawggone

May 4th, 2011
5:42 pm

Don’t worry, this is just the first of many more not to qualify. We will take anybody, we dont care bout no stinking grades, he aint ever going to go to class anyway.

WOW

May 4th, 2011
5:44 pm

Bringing up “Reggie Ball” means nothing. Every school has there “reggie ball” type player who was brought in just to help the football team, knowing that he wasn’t going to learn anything in class. My point is that UGA has a lot more “reggie ball” types than Georgia Tech.

savannadawg

May 4th, 2011
5:45 pm

I WOULD MUCH RATHER BE GOOD THAN LUCKY. This posed to Erk Russell one year before a season. His response! THE HARDER WE WORK THE LUCKIER WE GET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If the Lord gives you lemmons, make lemmonaide. Coach Richt, you’ve been a head coach at UGA for ten years now. I like you, but you have got to learn how to keep it loose, OR hire someone that can. A magnetic outstanding man that these kids can gravitate too. It has too be someone who will treat every kid like a man and not show any favoritizim. A man that can look in the mirror and just start laughing at himself but yet loves too teach young men out of love and respect not fear. Someone these kids will literally run through a burnning house to find. Someone they are so frieghtened too lose they start crying when the thought arises. Who can do this anymore? Anyone?

Chuck

May 4th, 2011
5:49 pm

How stupid do you have to be to try to use the number of football signees that can’t get into UGA right away as a sign of low academic admissions standards?

I guess the answer is “almost too stupid to use a computer.”