The Michigan football recruiting front has been pretty quiet as of late. But that has changed in a big way as the staff just added one of the fastest rising prospects in the 2018 class and top players in the state, as Catholic Central (MI) OT Jalen Mayfield has committed to Michigan.
Mayfield burst onto the recruiting scene this spring. And it was for good reason. Though he’s still obviously underweight for an offensive tackle, the high school basketball player’s length, athleticism and tenacity stands out when you watch his tape. With the natural skills and length there, time in the weight room and cafeteria should give him a chance to be a really nice player for the Wolverines.
Lean athletic kid who bends and moves very well. Plays hard, plays mean and tough on both sides of the ball. Still filling out his frame and can still get stronger. Pass sets are good because of athleticism, but can still polish his technique. Has all of the tools, just needs to continue his development.” – via Scout.com
Like previously mentioned, Mayfield went from a near unknown on the Michigan recruiting front to one of the most sure-fire additions to the class in the matter of months. He originally committed to PJ Fleck and the Minnesota Gophers during his first visit to campus in mid-February. However, an unofficial visit to Ann Arbor and an offer from the Michigan staff changed everything. He decommitted from Minnesota a day later and that’s when the Crystal Ball avalanche began, including one from myself.
Though he ended up making some other unofficial visits between his Michigan visit and now, his decision looks to have been made up for quite awhile as he committed to the Wolverines and became another big in-state get for Harbaugh.
- Height: 6’5”
- Weight: 255lbs
- Hometown (School): Grand Rapids, MI (Central Catholic)
- Notable Offers: Minnesota, Michigan State, Nebraska, Iowa, Arizona
- Rankings: Scout (4*, #221 overall) – Rivals (3*, #25 in MI) – 247 (4*, #86 overall) – ESPN (3*, #57 OT)
- Composite Ranking: Four star, #310 overall, #24 OT, #6 in Michigan
As for the Rest of the Class
Mayfield is the 9th overall commitment, the 2nd offensive line commitment and the 2nd commitment out of Michigan. But he won’t be the last as that could be coming in the not-so-distant future with fellow athletic Michigander offensive tackle prospect, Ryan Hayes, looks like he could drop anytime between now and the start of his football season. Besides that, Michigan is still in very good shape with S Shayne Simon, TE Mustapha Muhammad and QB Tyler Shough.
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