Merced (Calif.) has quietly earned a reputation as one of the state's top programs in churning out high level Div I prospects. This year, the school could have as many as five players sign when February rolls around and linebacker Nathan Mayfield is sitting on four offers at this time.
Mayfield, 6-2, 200 pounds is one of the state's top players at his position and shows up very well on film. He's an explosive hitter and great in pursuit. He can really close on the ball carrier and plays with a lot of fire and emotion. Mayfield is a high motor player and fits the term, 'playing angry.'
As a junior, Mayfield racked up 54 tackles and eight sacks to earn all-league honors. He's hearing from several schools in the West region and a few in the Big 12 as well.
"My offers are from Colorado, Arizona, Cal and Washington State," Mayfield said. "Cal is my top school right now. They were my favorite school growing up and I've always liked them. They're local and I think they have a good program and are doing some good things right now.
"I also like Arizona, Colorado and Texas, that would be my top four but I'm still open to whoever wants to recruit me. I want to go through the process and I'm not planning to make a decision any time soon. As for my summer plans, I know I'm going to the NIKE Camp at Stanford in May but I don't know about the rest of my plans right now."