Mayfield received Big Ten offers from Iowa and Michigan State this winter, so it was a major get for Minnesota to get him at this juncture. He was scheduled to visit Iowa next month and had already been to Michigan State at the end of January. A long-standing relationship with P.J. Fleck and his staff going back to Western Michigan was a big key in this.
14.5 sacks, 79 tackles (17 for loss), FF, FR. 1st team All-State, All-Conference and All-Area.
With Mayfield at around 245-250 pounds, Gopher fans may wonder about Mayfield's size, but he will be able to easily add the weight in our opinion. That's not an issue. He has the frame and he is a basketball player so he has not been able to fully get into the weight room after football season even. He will be fine after a year or two in a college strength program. His dad is also a big guy, so the genetics are there. He will fill out. What we love about this kid is his athleticism and attitude. As mentioned, he is a basketball player so he can bend and move his feet like you want in an offensive line prospect. You can see that athleticism on his defensive tape as well. Then there is his demeanor. This kid plays mean. He's the kind of kid whose opponents can't stand because he plays to the whistle and he plays physically. You have to look too that his high school head coach was a college offensive coordinator at Grand Valley State, so he has played in an offense which has asked him to make a variety of blocks. He has experience in pass pro, he has experience pulling and blocking on the move and second level and has played in a college type system. He shows really good coordination and balance when making blocks in space.
An outstanding pick up for Minnesota to have beaten Michigan State and Iowa on a Michigan kid at this stage. We think his kid will be really good after a redshirt year of getting stronger. Athletically he has the goods and he has the intangibles as well.