If college football coaches didn’t know who Micah Mays was prior to Wednesday night, they probably will after their recruiting departments check the results from Florida’s state track series.
Mays, who the 247Sports Composite pegs as the nation’s No. 57 athlete in the class of 2023, put on a show in Gainesville during the FHSAA 1A meet capturing gold not only in the 400-meter dash, but also taking first in the triple jump, which is an event that the rising senior admits that he’s still kind of learning.
The 47.52 was a personal-best for Mays in the 400-meter dash. So was the 45′ 11.75” in the triple jump. In addition to those two wins, Mays also placed third in the high jump.
While Mays could probably get a full-ride scholarship for track and field, he wants to play football at the next level, and for good reason. Heading into the summer months, Mays reports over two dozen offers from schools around the country. More could be on the way as he claims that representatives from Alabama and Tennessee are expected to be at one of his spring football practices next week now that his focus is shifting over to the gridiron.
“Me, mom and dad are going to wait until after spring to set up visits because a lot of coaches want to come see me and I have been busy running track,” Mays explained.
Mays is certainly intrigued by the idea of playing in the SEC, but he was quick to point out that three ACC programs are doing the best job of making him feel wanted: Wake Forest, Georgia Tech and NC State.
“Wake Forest is probably at the top,” Mays said before quickly adding that he thinks Georgia Tech and NC State are going to get official visits in June. Coach [Kenyatta Watson] reached out to me and got me on the phone with [Geoff Collins]. That’s the one that offered me. I like our relationship we have and the opportunity I would have at Georgia Tech Joker [Phillips] is a really good guy. We have been talking a lot and [NC State] is probably going to be in the top 10 next season. So, I think that could be a good fit for me.”
The Demon Deacons, Yellow Jackets and Wolfpack all view Mays as a wide receiver. However, FSU and Miami are two schools that think the 6-foot-2, 175-pound Mays might be able to eventually make the transition to defensive back.
As a junior, Mays got snaps primarily on offense. He caught 42 passes for 724 yards (17.3 average) and 7 touchdowns, which helped The Benjamin School go 8-2 and make the second round of Sunshine State’s 3A playoffs.
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