VAN ALSTYNE, TX -- Van Alstyne Panther offensive tackle Alex Mayes has verbally committed to the University of Minnesota.
The rising senior, who wears no. 78, becomes the second commitment of the Golden Gophers' 2013 recruiting class and ESPN.com ranks him a 3-star prospect.
Panther head coach Mikeal Miller says Minnesota was the first visit for the 6-foot-5-inch 280 pound Mayes, and he liked them from day one.
The 2011 first team all-stater chose Minnesota over Colorado, Kansas State, Houston, Arkansas State and a couple of other big time programs, Miller added.
Mayes won't be able to sign a formal letter of intent until national signing day on February 6, 2013.