RS Frosh - CB - 6'1 203 - Miami Northwestern H.S.
Competed in three contests last season, but still retained his RS status.
Impressed the staff last summer with his nose for the ball. Followed that up with a great spring this year:
Canes spring awards: Gus Edwards, offensive most improved player; Jelani Hamilton, def most improved player; Ryan Mayes, ST most improved.— Christy Chirinos (@ChristyChirinos) March 28, 2015
Has excellent size, and figures to start out camp as Miami's #4 CB behind Artie Burns, Tracy Howard, and Corn Elder.
Summary: UM frankly does not have great depth at CB. Some first year players may get in the mix this summer, but for now Mayes is a key/unknown factor at the position. He does not appear to be the speediest of players based on limited film, but his size and closing ability seem to make up for it. Mayes has similar physical attributes and skills to former Miami DB Ladarius Gunter. But how well he plays (and he will play) will depend on how quickly he adjusts to the speed of the game at this level. At minimum he will be a factor on special teams. Whether he is solid or a liability on defense is yet to be determined.