January 24, 2012

Mays faces tough decisions in final week

Todd Mays believes he's poised to make his father's dying wish come true.

However, the decision isn't that simple.

The standout athlete from Olive Branch, Miss., committed to Arkansas State last weekend, and Ole Miss has not yet extended a scholarship offer. Throw in the reality that the Red Wolves' staff isn't keen on the idea of his taking an official visit to another school so close to National Signing Day and it's easy to see how Mays is facing a difficult choice.

"I'm thinking about it," Mays said. "I haven't talked to my mom yet. We're trying to decide if we should or not. The whole (Ole Miss) staff wants me to come on the visit. They haven't offered me a scholarship yet, but they want me to come be around them. …Ole Miss has been in the background so long. Now they're trying to come around. I'm not sure yet."

Bates said it "sounds like I'm going to get (an offer from Ole Miss)," adding he's not surprised his stock has risen late in the process. Former Olive Branch star Darren Bates, now a starter at Auburn, "didn't get any offers until the last week before signing day," Mays said. "I kind of expected it to happen."

Still, Mays admitted Tuesday afternoon the decisions he faces _ to visit Ole Miss or not, to change his commitment or not _ promise to be agonizing. That's before he even thinks about what his father, Tarble Mays, would have said had he not lost his battle to cancer on Christmas Eve, 2010.

"Ole Miss is where he wanted me to play," Mays said. "He thought that would be best for me. It's going to be a hard decision - if they offer."

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