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David Mayo signs with Texas State

David Mayo moves up to a Division 1 school
by: John Brewington DAVID MAYO

Former Scappoose High running back and linebacker David Mayo has signed a Letter of Intent to play for Texas State University, a Division I college.

Mayo, a 2011 Scappoose grad, played football for Santa Monica College last season. He left the beginning of December and is now working on fulfilling one academic class at Portland Community College before heading to Texas.

Mayo said Santa Monica went 8-3 last season, was undefeated in conference, but lost a bowl game at the end of the season.

Mayo, now 6-foot, 2-inches and 230 pounds, is expected to play middle linebacker at Texas State. He had over 60 tackles, made first team all-conference, and was named Defensive Player of the Year at Santa Monica.

'I bulked up with a lot of weight lifting all summer and trained during the season. I only lifted twice a week in season, but I trained hard,' Mayo said.

Mayo said he had a number of offers from other colleges, but chose Texas State because they moved up to Division 1 and just moved into the Western Athletic Conference.

'I'm definitely pretty happy,' Mayo said. 'I definitely worked hard for everything. It could have gone a lot worse, but it worked out.'

He said his father and a brother and sister came to see him play twice at Santa Monica. They may be able to see him more often in the WAC. Texas State is located in San Marcos, Texas, just south of Austin.

Mayo will have a red shirt year and three years of eligibility left in college. While at Scappoose, Mayo was known as a hard-to-bring-down power runner, and as a tenacious defender at linebacker. He also made a mark in track, earning district honors in track, and qualifying for state. He was district champion in four individual events-high hurdles, discus, shot, and javelin his senior year.

Currently, he's working with his father and taking the one PE class that wasn't accepted at Texas State. He plans to enroll in business management at Texas State.

One of the reasons he chose to go there was because of their highly rated business school.

With the work ethic Mayo has shown, he should do well in football and in business.