Marcus Maye is the top safety on Florida’s wish list. He’s one of the best in the country, but he’s also a good enough point guard to have four offers from ACC programs.
“It’s been a tough decision,” said the rising senior from Melbourne, Fla., Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy. “I thought about it early on to see if I could do both. But with the grades and trying to be the best I can be at one sport and jumping into another sport, it’s hard. So most likely I’ll just end up doing football.”
Florida State and Miami have talked to Maye about playing both sports. They’ll watch him play AAU basketball in July, which is around the time he’ll participate in Florida’s one-day camp, Friday Night Lights, and Florida State’s Seminole Showtime.
Maye, who is 6-foot and 194 pounds, just loves to compete, as evidenced by his recent swing through the state’s best camps and combines.
He was MVP of the Elite Scouting Service’s Tampa combine on April 10, was one of the top performers at the Nike Football Training Camp in Tallahassee on April 17 and was clearly the best player on the field at Under Armour’s Tampa camp this past Sunday.
He was all over the artificial turf at Tampa Plant High School, intercepting numerous passes and turning heads with his coverage.
It’s those results that make it easier for Maye to concentrate on football.
“I’ve always had an instinct for football and it’s been my main sport growing up,” Maye said. “Football just comes naturally. I can see myself on Friday nights and Saturday nights at the next level.
Maye has 15 offers and is certain to draw more this summer, especially after he takes on the best athletes in the country at Nike’s elite camp, “The Opening,” in July at Nike headquarters.
Regardless of extra offers, Maye seems focused on three schools — Florida, Florida State and Alabama. He has said UF and FSU are co-leaders, but admits the Gators are slightly ahead when pressed on the matter.
The Gator coaching staff has been working hard to stay close to Maye and communicate regularly.
“Coach (Travaris) Robinson came down the first and last week of spring to see me,” Maye said. “I also got to talk to coach (Will) Muschamp when I called him during the spring.
“They are telling me that I am the main guy they are waiting on. They want me to come back up. I’ll probably go back up for Friday Night Lights, get back on campus, check on everything and hang out with the guys.”
Maye hopes to make his college choice before football season or immediately after. He says his family will play a major role in the decision.
“I’ll most likely stay in the state, but if not somewhere probably in the southeastern region,” he said. “My mom and my brother, they play a big part in everything. Definitely a family decision about where I go. They would love for me to be close and they could come to games, just get in the car and travel somewhere.”
Perhaps that destination is Gainesville, the shortest of the three possible road trips.