The District 12-4A-D2’s defensive MVP the last two years running, Bellville Brahma defensive end Grayson Mays, officially signed his National Letter of Intent to play football for the McNeese State Cowboys Dec. 18 on the early football signing day.
He also garnered first-team all-district honors at tight end the last two years to help the Brahmas extend a postseason streak to nine years. He earned first-team all-district distinction at defensive end his first two years at the high school level, building up interest from Tulsa, Texas State, and Louisiana-Monroe while being rewarded with offers from Lamar and Incarnate Word Universities on top of McNeese State.
According to MaxPreps, over his four-year varsity career, Mays racked up 85 solo tackles as part of 373 total tackles, 20 sacks, five forced fumbles and an interception, although his junior-year numbers are the ones that jump off the page.
Over 12 games played, he recorded 26 solo tackles and assisted on 103 others and added 21 tackles for loss in addition to seven sacks and 22 quarterback hurries. On top of that, he also defended three passes, both recovered and forced a fumble and blocked a field goal, and that was just on defense and special teams.
Lining up as a tight end consistently his final two years, Mays provided powerful run blocking to help the Brahmas’ slot-T ground-and-pound offense win six playoff games and also factored into their play-action passing game.
He hauled in nine catches for 112 yards and two touchdowns and also registered four carries over three years, collecting 16 yards rushing. With another 13 yards coming on an interception return his sophomore year, he compiled 142 all-purpose yards over his career.