Three-star defensive end/running back Nathan Mayfield (6-4, 215, 4.5) from Merced, Calif., was somewhat of a sleeper when the recruiting process began, but that status quickly turned into prospect during the spring when colleges were able to come by the Merced campus.
Mayfield quickly racked up his first offer and since then has seen his offer tally rise to eight. He has offers on the table from Arizona, Arizona State, Cal, Oregon, Washington State, Colorado, Nebraska and Minnesota.
Things have slowed down over the summer for Mayfield on the recruiting trail, but they expect to pick up once again when September 1st rolls around.
Mayfield did take in USC's Stars camp and did a fine job. He has been taking care of a lot of business this summer.
"Nathan had a really good summer academically and in the weight room, he's getting bigger and stronger," Merced coach Rob Scheidt said. "If he continues to do a good job academically, he should qualify."
"At this time, Cal is probably his first choice," Scheidt said. "But he wants to take his visits before making a decision."
Mayfield all 12 games a junior and he recorded 8.5 sacks. He even played a little running back and had runs of 70 and 40 yards.
The scouting report on Mayfield is he has tremendous speed and a great motor for a big man.
Scheidt in an earlier report said it best about his talented athlete.
"Nathan's first two steps are probably the best we have seen here and that's what the college coaches think as well," Scheidt said. "His progression during the season was outstanding and his knowledge of defense allowed him to become the complete player.
"Nathan understands how to set up offensive linemen to create a sack," Scheidt said. "Along with his leverage, which a lot of guys on the high school level don't have, allows him to have mismatches. He also knows the combo move and that makes him tougher still. Like I said he is becoming the complete player.
"He's an amazing player."
Mayfield earned a spot on the Rivals.com California Preseason Top 100 team for the class of 2009 landing as the Golden State's No. 68 prospect at any position.