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Baker Mayfield Passed On A Scholarship From This Major Program To Walk-On At Texas Tech

Baker Mayfield standing with his Oklahoma teammates.

NORMAN, OK - NOVEMBER 25: Quarterback Baker Mayfield #6 of the Oklahoma Sooners during warm ups before the game against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on November 25, 2017 in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated West Virginia 59-31. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)

Baker Mayfield went from walk-on to Heisman Trophy winner to potential No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. The former star Oklahoma quarterback has had a career like few others.

Sports Illustrated's Robert Klemko is detailing Mayfield's path to the NFL. His latest feature centers on the beginning of Mayfield's college career.

Mayfield, an Austin, Texas native, started his career at Texas Tech. He walked onto the Red Raiders' program.

The future Heisman Trophy winner didn't have to be a walk-on, though. He had a couple of scholarship offers from schools coming out of high school. One was from a major program.


Determined to validate his decision to turn down an offer from Washington State and walk on at Texas Tech, Mayfield turned to Brewer, who had been his predecessor at quarterback at Lake Travis High School in Austin. Around the time Brewer fractured a bone in his back during offseason workouts, he began tutoring Mayfield on the offense, says former Tech quarterback Clayton Nicholas.

Washington State wasn't the only program to offer Mayfield a scholarship out of high school, but they were by far the biggest one. Florida Atlantic, New Mexico and Rice also offered him scholarships.

TCU was reportedly in play, too, but the Horned Frogs slow-played his recruitment and ended up offering another QB.

You can view Sports Illustrated's full feature on Mayfield's beginning at Texas Tech here.