Clayton Mayfield, OL, 2021, Westminster Christian
How would you describe your style of play at your position to those who have never seen you play before?
Clayton – Being an undersized offensive lineman I had to find a way to use my personal strengths to my advantage. One thing which has set me apart from many others is my quickness and agility. This has helped me in areas such as my first step and hand speed. My quick first step and ability to get off the ball are two of my biggest strengths. As a guard I am very quick on pulls and never afraid to deliver a hit. 2019 stats and honors: Varsity Letterman At the start of this previous season, I got into an accident while in a 1on1 with my teammate Josh Anderson where I received a serious knee injury. Because of this I was not able to play a majority of the season, and as the season progressed I was limited to what I could do with my own personal play style and to what I could do in general. Because of this I did not receive too much recognition, but I will not use this as an excuse. This off-season I plan to (and am) working hard to get my knee back in shape so I can give my best for not only myself, but my team as a whole.
Most Influential Person:
Clayton – In general, Derrick Rose has inspired me a lot because of his perseverance and refusal to quit on the game he loves. He inspired me to do the same as I was out with my injury.
Most influential Coach:
Clayton – I don’t know if I can choose one so I’m gonna have to say both my O-line coach, Bennie Anderson Sr., and D-line Coach Mike Decker. Coach Decker is one of the main reasons I decided to step into the field to begin with. I did not play freshman year because I didn’t want to get hurt, but Coach Decker persuaded me to get out there and at least try it for a week, and for that I thank him because without that I would not be getting the opportunities or the amazing experience of the game of football. Coach Anderson has helped me a lot on and off the field, whether it be picking me up at 6:30 for school or yelling at me for not going hard enough. He always pushed me and the rest of the O-line to perfection and expects nothing less than our best.
Tell us about your goals in the offseason as a player:
Clayton – my offseason goals are to get stronger and get my agility back to what it was before my injury.
What has been your most memorable game and why:
Clayton – either my first game back vs. Priory or my first playoff start this year against Parkway North. Both of these were some of my best personal performances and the atmospheres were amazing.
Pre Game Ritual:
Clayton – My pregame ritual is kinda weird because when I wake up in the morning I don’t shower, do my hair, wash my face, brush my teeth, etc. In the locker room I sit back in my locker while listening to my pregame playlists to get focused and block out all the noise. During pregame meal I eat at least two full plates be use I don’t like to play if I don’t feel full.
Clayton – Tale of two Citiez by J Cole or Love Sosa by Chief Keef
Clayton – History with Mr. Warren
Favorite NFL player now:
Clayton – Baker Mayfield or Aaron Donald
Favorite NFL player as a kid:
Clayton – Ray Lewis or Payton Manning
Biggest weight room accomplishment:
Clayton – 315 squat Sophomore year
Teammate that could be a big star at next level:
Clayton – LJ Minner, Josh Anderson, Sterling Webb, or Jack Powers
Hardest Working Teammate:
Clayton – LJ Minner, Josh Anderson
Player to Keep an Eye on:
Clayton – The whole Westminster O-Line (Jimmy Knisley, Jack Powers, Jack Powers), LJ Minner, Joshua Baker-Mays, Sterling Webb, Brandon Parker
WESTMINSTER CHRISTIAN'S '21 OL MAYFIELD A PLAYER THAT IS QUICK OFF THE SNAP