NC State head coach Mark Gottfried has been busy this summer, recruiting some of the best players in the 2013 and 2014 classes. One of those players is 2013 shooting guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes, who is a 6-4, 205lb, shooting guard out of Huntington Prep. Rathan-Mayes is rated as a 4-star prospect by both Scout and Rivals, ranking 40th and 66th nationally respectively. ESPN gives the NC State prospect a 92 grade.
“NC State has been recruiting me since last year when I was down in North Carolina,” said Rathan-Mayes. ”I have a pretty good relationship with Coach Early and Coach Gottfried. They’ve been doing a pretty good job recruiting me.”
According to Rathan-Mayes, NC State has made him a very high priority.
NC State’s recruitment of me has been really consistent. I talk to Coach Early every single week. He tells me that they just want me to be able to come in and make an impact and help them win a national championship,” said Rathan-Mayes. ”Coach Early’s been doing a good job talking to my mother, and that’s important to me as well.”
The Wolfpack are far from the only school pursuing Rathan-Mayes services. According to him, he has 35 offers on the table, with UCONN, Kansas, Baylor, Florida State, Illinois, LSU, and Alabama being a part of that number.
“I want to be able to go in right away and make an impact,” said Rathan-Mayes. ”I want to play for a great coaching staff that will push me and take me to the next level. It’s important to me that the school I go to has the potential to win a national championship.”
Coach Early and Coach Gottfried are hoping that they have an x-factor in their back pocket in Rodney Purvis. The incoming freshman was just named the ‘Most Popular’ player in the 2012 class by ESPN, and it is already apparent that future players would love to play with him.
“Rodney and I are good friends,” said Rathan-Mayes. ”He tries to recruit me a little bit.”
Rathan-Mayes made it clear that he doesn’t have a leader in his recruitment right now and he doesn’t have a list at this point. He said that there isn’t one school that is pursuing him harder than others. Rathan-Mayes plans to trim his list at the end of the summer.
“I will cut my list when the summer is done, but I don’t know how many will be on that list,” said Rathan-Mayes. ”I don’t have a timetable for when I will make a decision.”
He went home this past Friday, and he said that he would be sitting down with his mom this past weekend to plan out some visits for the future. Coach Gottfried and his staff have to hope that they are one of those visits.