ESPN's Adam Finkelstein reported earlier today that Notre Dame Prep shooting guard Todd Mayo, the younger brother of NBA star O.J. Mayo, has verbally committed to Marquette University for the fall of 2011.
"I've had a long year here at Notre Dame Prep, and while some schools are picking up interest now, Marquette has been loyal to me the entire time," Mayo, a McDonald's All-American nominee, told Finkelstein. "Their whole staff has seen me play and they all feel like I'm a great fit for the Marquette family."
Mayo had been saying for months that he would be making his commitment before or during this week's National Prep Championships on the Albertus Magnus College campus in New Haven, Conn., of which they were bounced from Wednesdauy's finals by St. Thomas More.
The buzz throughout the two-day tournament was that a commitment to Marquette was inevitable. Mayo even went so far as to cancel a scheduled visit to Central Florida for this weekend. But Thursday brought an offer from West Virginia, which many thought would be a big favorite if it decidedly to aggressively pursue Mayo, who is from Morgantown and plays AAU ball for the West Virginia Rush.
While a host of other high-majors including Memphis, Baylor, Oklahoma State, and Providence were all heavily involved in his recruitment, Mayo reportedly spent Thursday night and Friday morning debating between a fresh start at Marquette or returning home to West Virginia.
Ultimately, Mayo chose Marquette and called coach Buzz Williams to make his verbal commitment on Friday afternoon.
For more recruiting updates on New England's top high school basketball talent, be sure to check out Finkelstein's blog.