Wyoming has never churned out many D1 football players, but the class of 2015 has a couple of prospects that are on the radar of some good schools. Christian Mayer from Big Horn High School is one of those guys. As a junior, Mayer lead the Rams to the State Championship, where he carried them to victory, scoring five touchdowns in the game.
"My whole junior year was awesome," said Mayer. "But, obviously that championship game will be a memorable one to me for a longtime. I had a kick off return to the house, two receiving touchdowns, a rushing touchdown, and an interception for a touchdown. That was a once an a life time performance."
Mayer was stout throughout the year though, touching the ball 47 times for 1,180 yards (25 yards per touch). He also scored 13 total touchdowns. Mayer rarely left the field, playing primarily wide receiver and cornerback. He was equally as dangerous on defense, recording five interceptions, a few tackles for losses, and half a dozen pass breakups. While a lot of people may shrug it off, and say that it is just Wyoming football, Mayer is out to prove otherwise.
"I would expect there to be a perception out there that Wyoming football is no good," Mayer explained. "That is exactly why this spring and summer will be so important to me. I need to leave the state and go to camps and combines and prove that I can compete anywhere. That's exactly what I did this past week."
"I went up to Seattle for the Nike SPARQ combine, and came away with the 6th best score. I was officially 6-1 1/2 and 194 pounds, I ran a 4.57 40 and had a 35 inch vert. My final SPARQ score was 96.18. I know that a good SPARQ score doesn't make a good football player, but hopefully it validates some of the stuff I do on the field."
Mayer is a good football player, but he is a great student. His GPA is just a shade under a 4.0, and he scored a 26 on the ACT without any preparation. He has been drawing attention from Harvard and Princeton for his academics.
"Academics are really important for me," Mayer stated. "I definitely have an interest in playing Ivy-League football. I am also hearing from Wyoming, BYU, Montana, and a few others. I am just looking for a school that fits me academically, first and foremost, and then football after that. I am camping at a few schools this summer, including BYU, Harvard, and Indiana. Hopefully, like the SPARQ, I can prove that I belong on the field with players from anywhere."
While it's tough to project what level of football Mayer will end up at, between his brain and his athleticism, he belongs somewhere at the D1 level. The Ivy-League could be a great fit or a good Big Sky program as well. Mayer has versatility, as he showed throughout his junior season. Wyoming's class of 2015 should not be slept on.