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.
“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