In the start of 2016 Gators’ season, everybody was talking and Jalen “Teez” Tabor and Quincy Wilson as they represented “DBU”. People started to forget who Marcus Maye was and that he was considered one of the top safeties in the nation. Most of the talk about the Gators’ secondary was about Teez Tabor, Quincy Wilson and Marcell Harris. Marcus Maye started off as the underdog of the secondary but, people would soon recognize who Marcus Maye is. Marcus Maye started to become one of the top guys in Florida’s stacked secondary. Now, everybody knows who Marcus Maye is and he is heading to the NFL after 5 year as a Gator.
Who’s Marcus Maye?
Marcus Maye is the starting free safety for the Florida Gators in the 2016 season. Maye was born in Melbourne, Florida and attended Holy Trinity Episcopal School in his hometown of Melbourne, Florida. Marcus Maye was highly touted recruit coming out of high school. Maye was rated a 4 star recruit on ESPN and Rivals. Maye was ranked 149th in the ESPN 150 recruiting ranking. He would be invited and played in the 2012 Under Armour All-American Game. Maye would stay close to home as he signed with the Florida Gators over Alabama, FSU, LSU and others. Marcus Maye joined a loaded Florida recruiting class that was filled with NFL players like Matt Jones, D.J. Humphries, Dante Fowler, Jonathan Bullard and Max Garcia.
Marcus Maye at Florida
Marcus Maye stepped foot on campus in 2012 with the rest of his class. In 2012, Maye wouldn’t play the entire season and eventually get redshirted. In 2013, Maye started to see the field more often as he played every game and started in two games. Maye really stepped onto the seen in his redshirt-sophomore season in 2014. He started in 9 games with the Gators as a safety and as a nickel back. Maye would finish the season with 62 tackles, which was third on the team. He also had 3 tackles for loss, 1 interception and 2 forced fumbles. In 2015, Maye had his best season by far. Marcus Maye was named a First Team All-American by USA Today and Pro Football Focus. Maye had 82 tackles on the season with 1 tackle for loss, 2 interceptions, 2 fumble recoveries and 4 forced fumbles.
Maye had to make a very difficult decision whether he should stay at Florida for his redshirt senior year or enter the NFL Draft. He chose school over the pros. Maye still had something to prove and he was going to use his redshirt senior season to show the nation what he can do. Unfortunately, Maye’s redshirt senior season was cut short due to a broken arm. Maye finished the year with 50 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, 1 interceptions and 5 passed defended. Even though the Gators aren’t eye popping, Maye still had a stellar season. With his season cut short and opposing teams trying to stay away from him, he still had a great season. Marcus Maye is now on his way to the NFL.
Maye in the NFL
Marcus Maye made himself some more money by staying at Florida. Maye is expected to be an early round pick. He still has a chance to impress more scouts as he’ll play in the Senior Bowl. Maye should get an invite and work out for NFL teams in the NFL Combine and his Pro Day. According to the Bleacher Report, Marcus Maye was the biggest riser in the safety class. Maye is ranked 5th in a very stack safety class with Jabrill Peppers, Jamal Adams and Malik Hooker. On walterfootball.com, they have Marcus Maye going early second as the 33rd overall pick to the Cleveland Browns. Maye has always been known for his zone coverage, run support and instincts. He isn’t the tallest safety as he is listed at 5’11 and weighs 216 lbs. Maye should make an immediate impact to whatever team he goes to.
Marcus Maye is truly a baller and he is going to make some NFL fans very happen. Florida was very lucky to have Marcus Maye as part of DBU. Maye probably loves the Gators more than any other player and he shows it with pride. A true gator for life. He will be missed at the University of Florida.