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Big-time OT Jalen Mayfield Enjoys Iowa Visit

Iowa hosted one of the top offensive tackles in the Midwest in Jalen Mayfield.

Jalen Mayfield was one of the top offensive line performers at Sunday's NIKE Opening Regional in Illinois.

The Grand Rapids Catholic Central standout has been a popular name in recruiting circles recently. Mayfield committed to Minnesota in February over offers from Michigan State, Iowa and more, but decommitted last month. That was on the heels of a Michigan offer and now many other programs have inquired.

There is the assumption out there that the Michigan offer was the reason for his decommitment, but he says he just wants to take his time on the process after feeling like he made too early of a decision.

"I just want to make sure it fits me," Mayfield said. "I'm not rushing into things. I felt like I kind of did that the first time, so I want to let everything settle out and separate itself."


On Saturday, he visited Iowa, who was the first Big Ten and power-five school to offer him.

"Iowa is a great place and as people know, they have a great tradition of producing linemen into the NFL, that really stood out. For me, going to practice, watching practice, how they get after it in practice every day also really stood out to me."

Returning to Minnesota is a possibility. Mayfield and his family have nothing but positive remarks about the Gophers and the staff, but location is a factor there.

"Yeah, I'm looking at it," he said, "but just the distance kind of worries me with my family being able to see me."

That brings us to Michigan. Mayfield visited several weeks back when the Wolverines had their pro day. He says he is likely to return for the April 15th spring game, and being an in-state guy, receiving that offer was a thrilling moment as it gave him offers from each of the Division-1 schools in his home state.

"It's really exciting being in Michigan and having all five Michigan schools there, that's exciting to have because not many people can say that. I think it's exciting, but I don't know what the future holds, I just still want to go out and get better." 

As for a next commitment, Mayfield says, "I'll probably make a decision closer to the end of summer, end of camp season, before the start of the football season."

The Opening Regional Evaluation:

Going into this event, Mayfield had played basketball all winter. Since the season had finished several weeks back, he was able to get in the weight room and get up closer to 260 pounds, but still lean. Given that he had not been doing as much football stuff and he was lighter than most of the other offensive tackles in attendance, we were interested to see how he would fare in this setting, but he exceeded expectations. Viewed as an upside guy, that upside was very evident, but he is not as much of a project as he is made out to be. His athleticism allows him to get out of his stance quickly and mirror edge rushers, and while he still needs to get stronger, he has a mean streak and a competitive streak that allows him to win these reps. He is going to easily add weight in college. His performance on Sunday was extremely encouraging in regards to what he can be down the line.

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