Though being coveted was a new experience for Mayes, he caught on quickly. He took his five recruiting visits—to Austin Peay, Georgia State, North Texas, Troy State and Murray State—and verbally committed to every one of them. "I asked D.T. about that," Racers student assistant Darron Boatright says. "He said, 'Man, you have to get those nice suppers.' "
"They're going to take you out to dinner," Mayes explains, "but if you commit to them, they'll take you to a nicer place."
With his quick smile, Mayes has become one of the most popular Murray State players ever. A woman stopped Gottfried at a local restaurant last week to tell him how Mayes had walked into her church unannounced to ask if he could help teach a children's class.
Townsend and Mayes have a story to tell. The problem is getting anyone to pay attention to Murray State.