Jalen Mayfield (Allen Trieu / Scout)

Big Ten visits on the horizon for 2018 OT Jalen Mayfield

Grand Rapids (Mich.) Catholic Central offensive tackle Jalen Mayfield has seen quite a few new offers come his way this Winter including several from the Big Ten which he discusses here.

Jalen Mayfield's 6-foot-5, 245-pound frame, his athleticism, tenacity and ability to project to either side of the ball in college has piqued the interest of many schools.

His three power-five offers, IowaMinnesota and Michigan State have all come during the winter months, and all three of those programs have stopped into Grand Rapids Catholic Central to see him.

"Iowa, Michigan State, Minnesota, those are some of the recent schools to stop in," Mayfield said. "I know there are more that are supposed to be coming later on. It's pretty exciting having Big Ten offers, now I know in my head I still have to work to accomplish my ultimate goals."

These schools are leaving the possibility of Mayfield playing defense open even though offensive tackle is where most see him.

"Mostly offense, but Michigan State said either or and so did Iowa," he said. "They said they're going to wait and decide when I get on campus."

Getting on campus is something he will do soon. Despite a busy schedule with basketball right now, Mayfield will have seen the three Big Ten schools who have offered him by this time next month.

"The 19th I'm going to Minnesota, March 5th I'm going to Iowa for their junior days, and I visited Michigan State on the 29th."


Mayfield says, being an in-state kid, the offer from Michigan State was an honor and his trip to East Lansing was a good one.

"The visit there, it was pretty cool seeing the atmosphere against Michigan. It got really loud and just to experience a rivalry game, not even in football, but in basketball, was pretty unbelievable.

"They think I'm a really good player. They've just been talking football, but haven'tt been talking as much about football, but how I'm doing as a person too. It's nice to know care outside of that and actually get to know people instead of just caring about football 24-7."

Minnesota is a staff Mayfield has gotten to know. Head coach P.J. Fleck offered Mayfield last June when he was at Western Michigan and offered him again at Minnesota.

"Yeah, when he had gotten the job, he texted me and said that I could be a big part of their future there a Minnesota. I called Coach Simon at Minnesota, had a converation and talked about the culture there they are going to carry on from Western to Minnesota. It was really exciting to hear and pretty cool to know they will continue their success there."

Iowa was actually the first Big Ten school to offer Mayfield and he is aware of their success at his position.

"Iowa's been a powerhouse at producing linemen into the NFL. Coach Ferentz, he's done an unbelievable job with their OL culture. It is good knowing a lot of their offensive linemen end up in NFL so that's always something to consider with Iowa."

As for a decision, Mayfield does not even have a rough timeline for when he would like to do that.

"It hasn't even crossed my mind yet. I'll sit down with my parents, feel out a time and make my decision from there."

Mayfield was 1st team All-State, All-Conference and All-Area as a junior. He had 14.5 sacks on defense for the state champion Cougars.

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