Tyler Mays, front and center, signs a letter of intent to play football with Central Methodist. Front row, from left: Leah Mays, Tyler Mays, and his mother Kim. Back row: Principal Dale Marshall, Bob Curtis, Blake Logan, and Dave Smith.
After a mere year of playing high school football, Community R-VI senior Tyler Mays signed a letter of intent to play college ball at Central Methodist University.
A 6’1’’, 220-pound tight-end/linebacker in the inaugural football season of the cooperative program between Community R-VI and Van-Far, Mays signed the deal on Thursday, February 14.
“It’s something I’ve been working hard on with my coaches here and the coaches at CMU,” Mays said. “I’ve been really excited about it but at the same time, really nervous. With one year of football under my belt, I have a lot of work cut out for me but with my foot in the door, I feel I have made a lot of progress.”
Van-Far head football coach Blake Logan said getting to play college ball after taking a late chance like Mays offers a positive example and goal for other students in the same situation, adding football allows greater opportunities compared to other sports for such students.
“It’s exciting for him,” Logan said. “Hopefully others can see that you can come in with little to no experience and have success.”
Van-Far assistant football coach and Community R-VI head basketball coach Dave Smith said. “CMU couldn’t have made a better choice.
“I’m excited,” Smith said. “We thank Van-Far for the opportunity. It’s exciting for anybody to play college ball on a scholarship.”
Outside of football, Mays said he plans to either study athletic training or biology with science being a natural knack for him.
“(CMU) couldn’t have picked a finer young man,” Smith said.