Jalen Mayden may be a couple years away from joining the college ranks, but the Syracuse University football staff is looking smarter by the week for extending him a scholarship offer so early in the process. In his first season as the starter at Sachse High, just outside of Dallas, Mayden is torching opponents and living up to his early 4-star rating.

The 6-foot-1, 190 pound sophomore put on a show in Sachse’s September 17 meeting with Tyler Lee High School, passing for 540 yards and six touchdowns and added 64 yards and another touchdown on the ground in a 66-41 victory for the Mustangs. The Orange may have missed out on Mayden’s older brother, cornerback Jared Mayden, but as one of the first schools to offer Jalen they’ve put themselves in a good position for a kid who looks like he’s going to wind up being one of the most highly sought after QBs in the class of 2018.

By the way, if you’re wondering how efficient Mayden was – the answer is, extremely. Amazingly, Mayden connected on 28-of-33 pass attempts in the victory, which brought Sachse’s record to 4-0 on the year. And it makes sense that the Mustangs are off to such a great start when you consider how much talent they have on the roster. Aside from Mayden and his older brother – an Oregon commit and one of the top defensive backs in the class of 2016 – the Mustangs also feature the Duvernay brothers, Devin and Donovan. Both have multiple Power 5 offers, and Devin in particular is one of the elite wideouts in the class of 2016.

Mayden has been having a strong season, and not just one outstanding game of course. Last week he threw for 210 yards and four touchdowns, and the week before he threw for 104 yards and a touchdown while also running for 101 yards. In his first career varsity start back on August 28, Mayden threw for 176 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 73 more. For the year, he’s thrown for 10 touchdowns against three interceptions, and hasn’t thrown more than five incompletions in a single game, for a completion percentage of 75.3 through the first four games of the year.

Again, it’s going to be a very long time until Mayden is making his college decision, but based on the early returns it’s safe to say he’s more than worthy of his 4-star rating. Let’s hope Syracuse can remain a key player in his recruitment over the next few years.

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