Tavian Mayo Joins WVU Football Class of 2019
West Virginia hasn’t had a number of February football signing day announcements in recent years, but the turnover in the new football coaching staff, plus perhaps the notion of creating some additional buzz, has resulted in a couple of Signing Day announcements. First it was Florida defensive lineman Jordan Jefferson, who released his announcement as the spring signing period began, and now Tavian Mayo (5-11, 180 pounds, Lee County HS \ Leesburg, Georgia), who has been a silent commitment to the Mountaineer program since the last weekend of January, added his name to the Class of 2019 on Wednesday afternoon. He visited the WVU campus in mid-December.
Had a GREAT time in Morgantown 😎👀💯 thank you to all the coaches for having me and making my trip a great one ❤️🏔🏔🏔 pic.twitter.com/HqYXS4wq9a
— tavian2x (@tavian_1) December 17, 2018
Mayo was used at both cornerback and safety at Lee County High School, but no matter where he lined up he displayed a nose for the ball. His film shows multiple instances of excellent ball awareness, as he recorded multiple interceptions off deflections. He tracks the ball well from the snap, and is able to cover his man or area while still keeping an eye on play in the backfield.
At cornerback, he was often in press coverage, and used good technique to deliver initial jams and play off blocking attempts. When playing off the line of scrimmage, he favors a very open stance that allows him to see the majority of the field, and also gives him a head start on flipping his hips to get downfield to cover deep routes.
Mayo closes ground quickly, as he showed when coming downhill from his safety position, and also as an exterior cover man on special teams. He also makes quick decisions when breaking on the ball, whether on passes or against opposing return men.
Mayo is the seventh defensive back in the 2019 class, joining most recent verbal Rashean Lynn, who committed on February 1. Osita Smith, Tykee Smith, Nicktroy Fortune, Kerry Martin and Dreshun Miller signed during the December, 2018 period.
Mayo was seen to be a Nebraska lean earlier in the recruitment process, but decided to bypass the early signing period to take more time for visits and education on some of his favorites. After visiting WVU, he made January visits to North Carolina and Iowa State, and included those in a top four along with WVU and the Cornhuskers.
Mayo has racked up more than two dozen offers during his recruitment including ones from Cincinnati, Duke, Georgia Tech, Iowa State, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska, Minnesota, Pitt, Southern Mississippi and USF.