When Baker Mayfield was in high school, he did not have too many FBS programs clamoring to get him on their campus to be a part of their football program. The Oklahoma starter ended up walking on at Texas Tech, before he transferred to the Sooners this past year. Safe to say things have worked out well for Mayfield at Oklahoma, no matter how he got there. Mayfield is preparing to lead his Big 12 champion Sooners into the College Football Playoff in the Orange Bowl semifinal against Clemson. If you were curious what fuels Mayfield, look no further than TCU, a program Mayfield once thought he would be joining before things turned the other way in the recruiting process.
“They told me they were gonna offer me a scholarship, and then kind of drug it out,” Mayfield explained during a media session leading up to the playoff, according to George Schroeder of USA Today. Mayfield explained he turned down calls and offers from other potential options — including Washington State, New Mexico and FAU — because he thought he would be heading to TCU. “I truly believed they were gonna offer me because they told me that,” Mayfield added. “It disappointed me. They kind of hung me out to dry right before signing day.”
For whatever reason, Mayfield says TCU head coach Gary Patterson does not like him. Why TCU would dangle a scholarship out there for Mayfield, only to never finalize it is unknown, but it is far from the first time something like that has happened in the recruiting game. In defense of TCU and Patterson, Mayfield was a walk-on player at Texas Tech, so whatever he was coming out of high school was widely perceived to be far different from the late-season Heisman Trophy candidate Mayfield turned into this season.
This season against TCU, Mayfield completed just nine of 20 passes for 127 yards and two touchdowns in a win against the Horned Frogs. Mayfield was banged up in that game, but I guess you could say Mayfield got the last laugh. Mayfield is also 2-0 against TCU going back to 2013 with Texas Tech.