Tyree Mayfield took home plenty of post-season honors in 2012, but missed out on the one thing that mattered. The Central TE/DE has seven offers in-hand, but bringing a State Championship to St. Joseph is his primary goal. Mayfield breaks down his game with FOX Sports NEXT.
Tyree Mayfield does it all for St. Joseph Cental (MO) High School. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound senior is listed as a tight end and defensive end, but he makes plays all over the field for the Indians.
“I don’t really come out of the game but on kickoff or kick return,” Mayfield said, describing his game. “I guess really active would be the most thing. Last year, I was mostly on the ball, then sometimes split out. I’m more like a slot receiver, then go on the ball, then go back in the backfield as a running back.”
“I kind of like it. It shows what all you can do. It makes me more of a threat, moving around and not doing the same thing every time.”
In 2012, Mayfield led the Indians in receiving and sacks, earning First Team All-State and All-Conference honors at tight end, while also taking home league honors at defensive end. He already holds a number of offers, with Toledo, Western Illinois, Illinois State, Southern Illinois, South Dakota, North Dakota State, and Missouri State having made the call to The Show Me State prospect. Youngstown State, Central Arkansas, and Northern Iowa are also recruiting the versatile athlete.
“Most of them have been looking at me for offense. Missouri State said offense or defense, whichever I wanted to play, but mostly offense.”
The St. Joe standout has committed to becoming the best offensive player he can be. He has made his off-season strength and conditioning a priority, knowing it could help him take his game to another level.
“I hit it really hard in the weight room every chance I get,” he said. “I’ve worked on a couple of things, getting faster and my route running. It’s paying off a little bit, but I want to get really big, get that extra edge.”
As he’s trained, Mayfield has looked to one of the NFL’s best tight ends for motivation.
“I like contact, and I play really physical. I try to look at and follow Rob Gronkowski. He’s kind of my idol as a tight end. He’s just a beast, way bigger than all the other people on defense and they can’t stop him.”
Mayfield has also worked to take on a leadership role within the Central program. As he enters his senior year, his focus is on bringing a state championship to St. Joseph.
“This year, since becoming a senior, we’ve really pushed that. We’ve really taken over, trying to push the team off the field and on. Our goal is to get a ring. That’s always our goal.”
“That would mean the world. No matter where I go to college, I’m never going to leave the Joe. That’s just taking a piece of the Joe with me.”