Plenty of prospects, some of them high-profile, others under-the-radar, have come and gone in the past decade or so, since the inception of the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl. Still, the talent level across the board on the national level has been about as good as it gets.
Things don’t figure to change anytime soon, either, as the hype continues to build for this year’s games: Dec. 18 and Jan. 22 at Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium, Jan. 6 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Raymond James Stadium and Jan. 13 at Jacksonville Jaguars’ EverBank Field.
To gain a better of understanding about the rapidly growing direction of things, perhaps it’s best to take some time to reflect on the humble beginnings. Therefore, moving forward, the plan is to more closely examine the brand’s many alumni from all over the country.
Brad Mayes from Berkeley Prep (FL) takes a turn in the spotlight after an appearance as a member of the Class of 2015 saw him guide the South to a 39-14 victory over the North at Raymond James Stadium. The game, worth noting, was essentially in his own backyard.
Since then, Mayes has gone on to bigger and better things. This past year, the 6-foot-2 and 210-pound junior quarterback was anointed as the starter at Lehigh and ranked among the nation’s leaders in the FCS ranks, fourth in passing yards and fourth in touchdowns.
As a freshman, Mayes played in six games, two starts, and had 738 passing yards, seven touchdowns and a 62.4 completion percentage. As a sophomore, in seven games, three starts, Mayes had 1,386 passing yards, 13 touchdowns and a 67.5 completion percentage.
With a full-time role over the past couple months, his numbers jumped. Considerably, too. In 12 games, he ended up with 3,886 passing yards, 31 touchdowns and a 64.2 completion percentage. Mobile, at times, Mayes kept defenses honest with two rushing touchdowns.
Next season, it’s truly anyone’s guess as to how well he does. Sky’s the limit, however, if the past is any indication of what’s in store for the rest of his career. And to think, a short time ago, observers had a glimpse of the future during the the All-American Bowl in Florida.