Here’s a top quarterback recruit who never played a down of college football; there’s one who transferred to an FCS team, and now is laboring in an Italian professional league; here’s another who transferred from the Pac-12 to the AAC to Division II.
Another switched to tight end. And here’s one who quit football and now plays professional baseball, and another who threw just 35 passes in two years before deciding to become a regular student.
Ooh, look, there’s one who became the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft.
So other than maybe former Cal quarterback Jared Goff, who’s red hot in his second season with the NFL’s Los Angeles Rams, there’s not one quarterback in the 2013 recruiting class you’d rather have than Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield.
Who, incidentally, wasn’t even on anybody’s list that year.
This year’s Heisman Trophy front runner, a 6-foot-nothin’ gunslinger with smooth dance moves, an unbendable will and a pile of self-made chips he likes to carry on his shoulder, was somehow unwanted as a high school football recruit.
“Well,” said Hank Carter, Mayfield’s coach at Lake Travis High School, “people wanted him. They just didn’t want him soon enough, or it wasn’t the right people that wanted him. His recruitment was late for a few reasons.”
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