There only a few high schools in the country that continuously produce college football talent year in and year out; Grayson High School in Loganville, Georgia falls into that prestigious category. In the 2019 recruiting class, Grayson had 5 players represented in the ESPN 300 class. I was able to catch a Grayson game, and by the time I got there at the start of the 2nd quarter the game was already over; I was thoroughly impressed. It was my first chance to watch a Georgia high school football game. So one of the athletes I was able to watch dominate in the game was 2021 running back Phil Mafah.
Phil Mafah is a 6’1 215 lbs rising junior running back. A literal man-child for the high school game. In 2018, Mafah ran for 720 yards on 89 carries reaching the end zone 10 times on the ground. He also had 1 receiving touchdown for a grand total of 11 touchdowns. Mafah split time in the backfield with departing senior running back Jonathan Halyard.
Mafah will have two entire seasons as the lead back for the Rams. He should have no problems moving up on teams recruiting board. his style of running reminds me of Frank Gore, the former San Francisco 49er. Mafah is shifty and reads the hole quick to where he is not stuck behind the line. He has power to break through weak tackles and the speed to break away from defenders. Mafah holds offers from some of college football’s premier programs such as Auburn, USC, and Georgia just to name a few.
I think it might be difficult to see Mafah leave SEC country with the track record of running backs leaving the Georgia Bulldogs for the NFL. Just look at the alums playing in the Super Bowl this Sunday; Sony Michel (Patriots) and Todd Gurley II (Rams). Whoever Mafah decides to play for, that program will get a beast in the backfield. So until that day comes, you can expect Mafah to put on a show in Loganville, Georgia