Texas wasn’t interested in recruiting Baker Mayfield out of high school in 2013, something the Oklahoma quarterback’s father still likes to bring up.
James Mayfield told Bleacher Report’s Matt Hayes that he pushed for the Longhorns to recruit his son out of Lake Travis High in Austin. Texas said it already had five quarterbacks on scholarship heading into the next season. James Mayfield had an extreme response for then-Texas coach Mack Brown.
“I said, ‘Tell Mack he has five scholarship players that couldn’t play for Lake Travis,” the elder Mayfield said. “As it turned out, I was right. All five of those guys crashed and burned.”
Here are the five quarterbacks in question from Texas’ 2013 roster:
- Case McCoy, Senior
- David Ash, Junior
- Cody Boswell, Junior
- Trey Holtz, Redshirt Freshman
- Tyrone Swoopes, Freshman (2013 recruit)
“Crashed and burned” might be a slight exaggeration in a couple cases. Ash showed promise, but his career was derailed by concussions. Swoopes failed as a starting quarterback but later found a significant role in red zone and short-yardage packages.
However, there’s no question Mayfield is embarrassingly better than any name on that list. The Longhorns have been looking for their next great quarterback since Colt McCoy left school after the 2009 season. The inability to find that player was part of the reason Brown eventually got forced out in Austin.
Texas wasn’t the only school to pass on Mayfield out of high school. He didn’t have a single offer from a school in a power conference, so he eventually walked on at Texas Tech. But the Longhorns still passed on an all-time great college quarterback who was in their own back yard, and now he’s making history for the Longhorns’ greatest rival.