Leach dips into Texas to offer Austin QB

MIKE LEACH HAS dipped into Texas to offer a quarterback. Accuracy and leadership are among the attributes Leach looks for in a QB. Playing in a passing offense that holds similarities to Leach's Air Raid, the quarterback in question completed 71 percent of his passes in leading his troops to a 16-0 record to became the first team in Texas prep football history to win five straight state titles.

Baker Mayfield out of Austin was offered Mike Leach about a week ago, he said.

"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.

You can see highlight reels of Mayfield here.

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.

Baker Mayfield profile

  • Mayfield completed 247 of 378 passes for 3,788 yards with 45 touchdowns in his junior campaign. He also rushed for 754 yards and 10 scores.

  • After a record five straight 4A Division 1 State Titles, Lake Travis moves up a classification and into 5A in 2012. They'll be moving from Region II to Region IV, and into District 15-5A. Lake Travis (16-0) was the first school of any size to win five straight University Interscholastic League football titles. During the last five years, the Cavaliers have gone 77-3. They have won a state-record 30 consecutive playoff games.

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