"He called my coach and then had me call him. Coach Leach, he said he really liked my film. He said he's looking for a guy to come in freshman year and have a chance to start and make a run in the Pac-12," said Mayfield.
Mayfield, from storied Lake Travis High, has been reported to be 5-11, 190 pounds.
"I don't know where that came from," Mayfield laughed. " I'm 6-1, 205."
Still, 6-foot-1 can give some recruiters pause when recruiting a quarterback. Mike Leach is not among them. In Swing Your Sword, Leach wrote that many schools get too hung up in their quarterback evaluations on size, speed and arm strength, attributes that can be measured. Leach, by contrast, says he prizes accuracy, good decision making skills, toughness, good feet and leadership qualities ahead of those things.
Mayfield, says his prep coach Hank Carter, scores well in those categories. And although it's lower on Leach's list, he also has a gun for an arm.
"Baker is a great player. He stepped in and led our team to a 16-0 season and a fifth consecutive state championship. He's extremely intelligent, has great awareness and a very strong arm. I expect him to continue to get better as a senior and to go on and play well at the college level. I think he would fit in well anywhere, but especially at Washington State because we run a similar offense here at Lake Travis," said Carter.
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MAYFIELD ALSO HOLDS an offer from in-state Rice. Other schools he's in contact with include SMU, TCU, Houston and Oklahoma. And distance does look to be an issue based on what Mayfield had to say.
Leach, meanwhile, has had the two Texans on his staff talk with Mayfield.
"I called Coach (Eric) Morris, their (inside) receivers coach and the area recruiter… it was just more relating about being from Texas... And then I talked to the o-line coach, Coach (Clay) McGuire. He's from Texas, too," said Mayfield.
And then of course there's Leach, a native of Wyoming but who coached in Lubbock for ten years. He also told Mayfield he liked his quick release.
Mayfield said he was unsure if he'd be able to get up to Washington State later this spring or summer.
"I know they'll be coming down for the spring..and I would definitely take an official visit (later in the fall) up there," said Mayfield.
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