May 23, 2012

Mayaka prays for Wake offer

Cary (NC) Panther Creek's David Mayaka is a prayer warrior, and a scholarship offer from Wake Forest is what the 6-foot-1, 195-pound running back is petitioning The Almighty for.

"To be honest if Wake Forest happened to offer me I'll commit right away, but if it's a different school like Elon or NC State or someone else I'll probably wait till a couple games into [my] senior year to see if I can get anything better," Mayaka said. "I hope my prayers get answered."

Mayaka is receiving interest from Duke, Maryland, NC State, North Carolina and Wake, while FCS programs Elon, Richmond and others are also in the mix.

"I still get letters from Duke," Mayaka said. "They want me to go down to their camp. I heard Maryland was here today [Wednesday, May 23] at school. [NC] State, they want me to go to their camp too. UNC, they came last week I think. [Wake assistant] Coach [Derrick] Jackson came down a couple of weeks ago too. I was at a track meet, so I didn't really have time to talk to him [Jackson]."

He has not visited any other schools since enjoying Wake Forest's Junior Day Saturday, Feb. 25 with his father and three younger siblings. Mayaka plans to camp at Duke, NC State, North Carolina and Wake this summer.

Mayaka, who has yet to receive a single scholarship offer, came from Congo to the United State 12 years ago with his family in pursuit of a better way of life.

"They [his parents] said it was hard," Mayaka said. "My dad always said they walked 30 miles to school each day. My parents, they risked a lot coming here. We left a lot of family members back there. I don't want to just come to America, the land of opportunity and just let it go to waste. I don't want to regret anything."

"I have two older siblings, and they didn't get any scholarships. They're in college right now. I see my parents crying day and night, like, 'David, you have to get something. You have to help us out.'"

Since rushing 270 times for 1,492 yards and 17 touchdowns to help lead Panther Creek to a state playoff appearance and an 8-4 record last season, Mayaka, who played at 180 pounds, has put on 15 pounds and ran the 40-yard dash in 4.44 seconds.

"It [running track this spring] helped me keep my speed up and it helped me get faster," Mayaka said. "I'm heavier now, but I've gotten faster than I was."

He added that college coaches like his size. Only time will tell if his prayers get answered the way he wants.

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