Jared Mayden Planning Michigan Official Visit

2016 Sachse (Tex.) four-star cornerback Jared Mayden made his way to Michigan’s satellite camp in Dallas recently, chatting with the Michigan Insider about the experience, his interaction with the coaching staff, and more.

Jared Mayden had one purpose for showing up to Michigan’s recent satellite camp in Dallas -- to meet Jim Harbaugh and the Wolverines’ coaching staff.

The Sachse (Tex.) four-star cornerback with his No. 56 ranking nationally didn’t spend time on the field working out but certainly utilized the experience to further familiarize himself with Michigan.

“I just came to talk with the coaches and meet Coach Harbaugh, Coach (Mike) Zordich, really to meet the whole staff,” Mayden told The Michigan Insider.

“They’re pretty good guys,” added Mayden. “They know what they’re talking about when it comes to recruiting me, where they see me at and really they’re just trying to get me up there for a visit.”

Although Mayden admitted an unofficial visit to Ann Arbor could prove difficult, the plan is to check out Michigan for an official visit at some point this fall.

Spending a few moments personally interacting with Harbaugh himself, Mayden found the experience to be very positive.

“He’s pretty cool,” Mayden said. “He was throwing the ball to my little brother, showing him some throwing tips.  I met him out in the parking lot, I met him again in here.  He’s a pretty cool guy.”

The No. 5 ranked cornerback in the 2016 class, Mayden currently holds over 40 scholarship offers from around the country. With so much interest and an increasing amount of options for college, Mayden has a plan for handling all of the attention.

“I deal with it by talking to a select 15, 20 coaches, schools,” Mayden said. “That’s kind of how I do it right now.  I don’t do the full fledge talking to coaches every day like some recruits do, but I like to have my time off. 

“Forty-four schools is a lot of talking but you try to control it and manage it the best way you can.”

As far as what he’s looking for in the school he eventually heads to a year from now, Mayden is keeping that focus very simple as well.

“How comfortable I feel with the coaches, if I can see myself staying there for four years, outside of football, college town life, academics and really if I can see myself making an impact in that system,” he said.

Quickly pointing out distance from home won’t play a factor in his decision, Mayden did explain his family would prefer a much closer commute to see him play at the next level.

“My mom, she understands because at the end of the day I’m going to make the best decision for myself no matter,” he said.

“ If my family feels I should stay close, I’ll take that into consideration, but if playing ball takes me outside the state, far, far away outside the state, I’m going to take that chance.”

At 5-foot-11.5, 195-pounds and boasting a 4.36 40-yard dash, Mayden is sure to be a prospect to keep a close eye on moving forward in his recruiting process.

Mayden plans to take unofficial visits to Florida, Florida State, Miami and UCLA, also looking at official visits to see the Gators and Bruins.

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