Signee Spotlight: KJ Maye

Signee Spotlight: KJ Maye

GoldenSports.net highlights incoming freshman athlete KJ Maye from Mobile, Ala.

Profile: KJ Maye
Size: 5-foot-10, 190 pounds
Hometown: Mobile, Ala.
School: Murphy
Position: Wide Receiver, Running Back
Number: 4
Pronunciation: MAY
Committed: January 17, 2012

Prep Career Highlights:

As a senior, Maye was 70-of-123 passing for 1,122 yards, 13 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He rushed for 1,041 yards and eight TDs on 186 carries. Maye also played at wide receiver where he grabbed 10 receptions for 199 yards and three scores. Following the season, he earned all-state honorable mention honors from the Alabama Sports Writers Association.

Maye finished his sophomore season by completing 74-of-143 passes for 1,126 yards and 10 touchdowns with four interceptions. He rushed 91 times for 446 yards and four scores in 2009.

Coach Matt Limegrover's Take:

"KJ Maye, he probably fits in the same category as Jamel Harbison. He's a high school quarterback but when you watch him he was in the shotgun a lot. [He] was almost like a single-wing quarterback where he'd get that ball and run with it quite a bit.

"When you put that film on he was explosive. When he had the ball in his hands, something exciting was going to happen so he's a guy like Jamel. Physically, he's a bigger kid. He's not real tall but he's pretty well put together.

"I know Coach Anderson and Coach Sawvel watched him play basketball and he was the quickest guy on the basketball court and that's what we're looking for—guys who can make plays. Who can take a screen and turn it into a 60-yard touchdown. KJ definitely has both the moves and the ability and the speed to do that."

Scouting Report:

Maye is a high school quarterback who is being recruited to Minnesota as an athlete, so his abilities at QB may or may not matter, but for what it's worth he seems to have good footwork for a QB along with good throwing mechanics.

He does a great job maneuvering in the pocket to avoid pressure and uses his athleticism to escape when necessary. He does a great job of keeping his eyes downfield when moving out of the pocket and throws well on the run too.

As good as he looks throwing the ball, Maye's biggest asset, and probably the reason he is being recruited as an athlete, is his speed. His 40 yard time is listed as 4.4, and it shows when he is outrunning defenders on the field.

He also shows great vision and awareness and is able to change gears and accelerate very quickly. Being a QB means that he probably was not given the opportunity to return punts or kicks in high school, but if he has the ability to catch the ball well, he should get some chances to contribute in that capacity for Minnesota.

Look for him to make an early impact on special teams, and then hopefully find a position that will be a great fit for him and for the Gophers.

Getting to Know:

How has the offseason been for you?
"The offseason has been going good been working out and staying in shape."

What's your current height and weight?
"I'm 5-foot-10, 190 pounds."

When will you be officially enrolling at Minnesota?
"I leave here on June 8th for Minnesota."

Who will you be rooming with?
"I'll be rooming with Damarius Travis."

What do you plan on majoring in?
"I have two that I'm thinking about right now but I don't know yet, but I'm looking at business and sports management."

What number do you plan on wearing?
"Coach Sawvel and Coach Kill say that I'll be wearing number 4."

Do you have any pre-game rituals or routines that you go through?
"I put my headphones and then when I get on the field I bounce around and I get excited to get into the game."

What are some of your goals for your Freshman season?
"I'm looking to make an all-conference team basically anything a freshman can get. Basically anything and everything that's my goal."

What position do the coaches plan on playing you at?
"Running back and slot receiever. I think they plan on using me at both positions."

What did you enjoy most about the recruiting process?
"The visits. My first visit was the first time that I had ever been on an airplane and Minnesota was my first visit."

Why did you end up choosing Minnesota in the end?
"I wanted to play in a big conference and the Big Ten is one of the bigger conferences and I wanted to maximize my talents and play at a high level against some great athletes."

High School Highlights:

Interview conducted by Josh Schuerman.

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