Sachse (Texas) High School's James Mayden got to fulfill one of his summer goals recently and that concerned working with Mississippi State coaches in a camp setting. The receiver/defensive back was one of several impressive 2014 prospects on MSU's campus last week and he made the most of his opportunity.
The 6-foot-2 and 170-pound Mayden spent most of his day going through receiver drills and said he liked the intensity exhibited by coaches and prospects alike.
"It was pretty exciting and exciting drills and exciting 1-on-1 competition," said Mayden. "The coaches here told everyone that they have high expectations of their program and of their camp. So they pushed us all."
During his first unofficial visit to MSU back in April, Mayden said junior day visitors at the receiver position were able to watch film and pick up different tips to help there game. On his return to MSU last week, Mayden put those tips to use on the field.
"When I came up here for junior day, (MSU receivers) Coach (Angelo) Mirando taught us a bunch of things to help be a better receiver," said Mayden. "A lot of stuff he showed me I've been working on and was able to show at camp. I liked being back and I can really see myself coming here."
The past two years Mayden has taken reps on both sides of the ball at receiver and safety/cornerback. But of late, he said he has grown fond of being on the offensive side of the football.
"After getting a lot of work at receiver (at MSU camp), I really feel that is where I will have a lot of success," said Mayden. "I am really liking that position now. But if someone needs me at defensive back then I can turn around and play that position, too."
Along with MSU, Mayden is also drawing interest from Arkansas, Texas A&M and Louisiana Tech. The rising junior said he will continue summer duties with the Team USA (Class of 2014) next month and also wants to camp again in Starkville later this summer.
"I was talking to my mom I kinda want to lay off other camps for a bit cause I really want to mainly come back to Mississippi State," said Mayden. "And then, of course, I have my Team USA duties starting up in July."