OK Preps 2015 Feature – Akylen Mayfield

Image via Tulsa World (John Clanton)

I’m gonna give y’all some background information about Akylen Mayfield, but I’m going to begin this brief post with a bold statement. Akylen Mayfield may have more upside than any player in the Oklahoma preps 2015 class.

That’s not a definitive statement, and while I do believe an argument can be made for a few other players, the argument for Akylen is there as well.

Mayfield plays at Edison, in Oklahoma, and is actually the cousin of another good OK prospect, CB Markale Moses. Mayfield plays QB for Edison, and a little defense as well, and, in my estimation, his college position is on defense. The question is where, because he could excel at a number of positions. At the most recent Rivals camp, he measured in at 6’3″ (without shoes) and 204 lbs. That is excellent size for projection at a number of defensive positions.

I was reviewing Mayfield’s film a while back and was really astonished by how sudden he is at his size. Because he primarily plays QB, he forces an evaluator/recruiter to really project in regards to his ceiling. But there is so much to like about the way he moves down hill, laterally, the way he jab steps and cuts…he moves well in every direction. I had a lengthy conversation with Mayfield and it’s clear that, for a long time, he hoped to be a quarterback at the next level, but has more recently fallen in love with the defensive side of the ball.

The amazing thing about Mayfield is he’s got linebacker size, but he literally moves like a cornerback. He isn’t yet refined as a defensive player, but that just adds to the intrigue. And get this, he’s only 16 years old! Let that soak in for a minute. 6’3″ 204 lbs at sixteen and he can run, stop/start, and move side to side. While I don’t believe camp film tells the whole story (and sometimes it says very little at all), if you’re 6’3″ 200+ lbs and you’re covering wide receivers, that is really impressive. If you haven’t seen this film of Akylen covering WRs at the Rivals camp (he was a “top performer” there), do yourself a favor and watch it:

Rivals Top Performers Video

Like I said, Mayfield isn’t a refined cover guy, but everything you want to see is there to feel comfortable enough projecting him as one. He’s even got another gear at the top end to make up ground. It is just flat-out rare to see someone that big, relying primarily on natural talent, mirror and running with wide receivers.

People always ask if a player is “OU good.” In my opinion, Mayfield is good enough to play anywhere in the country. He’s got NFL draftable upside at multiple positions. He could play safety, but I think where he’d be really special is as an OLB that you never have to pull out of the game because he has the athleticism to play any type of coverage. He also has the frame to put on the weight he’d need to look like a legit LB. I even wondered, at times, if Mayfield could refine his technique enough to player corner. He told me his favorite football player is Richard Sherman. In fact, he said it was Sherman that really inspired him to play defense.

Mayfield might be a risk for some schools because he isn’t trained at the position he’ll play in college, so questions of physicality and the like are going to be there until film of him demonstrating all the necessary traits are available from his senior year. However, if I’m recruiter/coach, I’m taking the chance on him. Too many rare qualities that, as a coach, you’d just love to get your hands on and refine!


Week 1 – Kaden Clay Jackson

Week 2 – Dahu Green

Week 3- Akylen Mayfield

Tune in next week for our fourth edition of the OK Preps feature player.

  • Zack

    Great write up hopefully he gets some more work on defense this year so teams can try to figure out what position they want him to play. If he has the athleticism and speed to play corner at 6’3 that’s pretty special.

    • Super K

      indeed. Did you get a chance to watch him cover WRs in that Rivals video? There was a great moment where the WR gets behind him and he turns on that next gear to recover. Also, love the hand fighting at the line on one of the reps.

      • Zack

        I didn’t at first but I did just now and man he is huge. If it were me I would want him as a safety or a linebacker because his size is intimidating and if I were a receiver I would not want to come across the middle with that guy waiting for me. I saw that he likes Sherman but he may want to shape his game into more of a cam chancellor type.

        • Zack

          So I just looked up chancellor when he was coming out of high school he was 6’2 200 pounds. But what I didn’t know is he was a QB in high school also. I have to give up to myself on the comparison. Jim traber moment.

          • Sooner Ray

            Oh, please don’t bring Traber in here, haha.

      • Sonny Schovanec

        Ive seen that kid up close and personal. Edison had some success for them and that schedule because of Mayfield. I liked watching the Reed kid. The 6’5″ Oline kid from Norman North. He’s got some fight in him. I think it said he was a 2016 recruit. Dang he’s got some potential.

  • Doobie74OU

    Seems like a player you take and let a Redshirt year figure out for sure what position he would play at the next level! If he stays around that size seems like he would be great at the Nickel position they have Stricker at this year. Size to Blitz and help set the edge in the run game but speed and athleticism to cover multiple players. The kind of player M. Stoops loves can do many things and allows him to do different things in Blitzs and Coverages

  • EasTex

    An amazing athlete that could contribute in many ways. I see him more as a shut down cover guy, either nickel or corner. The mentality of a QB and of a LB are so very different, I would have to see more of him actually hitting and tackling before I could see that switch.
    He moves so effortlessly and with such fluidity it is a pure joy to see him even in a limited clip.

    • Zack

      And he didn’t really use his hands all that much past 5 yards which is good. Mbanasor who we all like uses his hands a lot while recovering in the few reps I saw from his drills.

      • EasTex

        I agree with Super K about this young man’s upside.
        I hope the coaches go all in for him, he is an MVP type.

        • Zack

          Hopefully they recruit him as a linebacker we need depth there and I just have my doubts about closing in on the linebackers we are currently after.

          • EasTex

            I have strong reservations about moving a QB to LB, they don’t have the same mind set. I’ve seen it before and the guy switched to LB tried to tackle a future NFL RB in practice, got his helmet split open and gave up his scholly the next day.
            If he doesn’t have that “seek and destroy” mentality it would never work out.

          • wolfbuilder

            I have also seen one move from QB to OT and become a top 10 NFL draft pickand u hve to be just as bad of a mofo to play OT

          • EasTex

            Good point.
            Of the top LBs I’ve seen they all have a “blood lust” attitude about them. That short clip above only shows him covering WRs and doing so very, very well.

  • pitbull17

    Yup, he’s a FREAK! he’s got athlete written all over him. Add 20 lbs to that dude and he’s possibly an all American LB. I’m with you Super K.

  • Cory Reedy

    This kids screams “safety” at me. I think he’d be an ideal ball hawk in any secondary.

    • EasTex

      Could you imagine him and Parker back there as safeties?
      That would be a dynamic duo.

      • dahldennsull

        Don’t forget that Will Sunderland might be in that mix… Parker and Sunderland would be awesome, and could let Mayfield roam the nickel spot

  • Andrew

    Height…..check, weight(for 16 yrs old)…..check, speed…..check, aggression…..check, Athleticism…..check, ball skills…..check. Did I miss anything? I love our in state talent and I believe that it is sorely overlooked!!!!!!

  • Sooner Ray

    I may get to see him on the field this coming season, kid is exciting. I think he’s one of those athletes you get at any cost and then figure out where he could help you the most. Obviously a multiple position athlete.

  • Zack

    Has ou been in contact with mayfield? I didn’t see it if you mentioned it in the post.

    • Super K

      No, the biggest school that has been in touch with Mayfield is Notre Dame.

      • Sooner Ray

        That’s no small contact! We better get busy. 🙂

  • John

    The kid is an athlete. No telling now what position he’ll play in college as I expect he has yet to finish growiing. 6’3″ and 200+ at 16 and with the skills he has, I’m surprised that Mike isn’t on him right now. Good catch Super K.

    • John

      I agree with Cory Reedy: the kid would be an amazing Safety.

  • Daryl

    Safety??? I am picturing a taller more athletic Corey Nelson or standup OLB in our odd front. At 6’3 kid could easily carry 230lbs. That is scary to me.

  • Alexander

    Intriguing. Thinking as a position coach recruiting that’s tough. You’re already doing more projecting than you’d like with the vast majority (you are with all, yet with a few you just see it and know) Projecting at a position never even played is difficult. That said, on some offers you expect it to be a 2 – 3 year project at minimum before you extend the offer.

    Being 6’3 already at 16, and considering a 15-20 pound weight gain (on the low end) before he leaves HS makes it difficult for me to see him any place but OLB. Added in with the great coverage skills you mentioned and a nearly nonexistent number of LB who can drop and truly cover a top TE in man. The value that gives to a D is huge. Teams normally use a nickel or safety to handle that coverage & have the LB come out. If I believed he could do that alone I’d extend an offer based on the value of that alone

    Would appreciate if someone can provide some insight on the recruiting process for a position coach.things like how much evaluation is done before an offer, how many in total are they typically looking at/considering for a position, % of prospects who are identified, evaluated and have a determination on before the summer of their upcoming senior year. 90%? Why we don’t even see an offer to a kid from Pennsylvania, or other area were prior commits have not come from. Feels like an automatic dismissal is made for all of those players in certain areas without even a thought of effort in showing the kid how amazing what OU offers is. That narrow minded view bothers & baffles me

    • Super K

      Excellent comments and your questions would make a great post all by themselves. Ill add that to a list of topics I’ve got. I’m sure there are others who would like to know how the eval/offer process works