The Wolverines cleaned up in-state with the 2017 recruiting class signing eight total prospects and seven within the top ten. Michigan has also already landed another for the 2018 class with Dearborn (Mich.) Divine Child defensive end Aidan Hutchinson in the fold and have several others on their radar. The latest in-stater to hear from the Wolverines is Grand Rapids (Mich.) Catholic Central 2018 offensive tackle and Minnesota commit, Jalen Mayfield, who notes the recent contact came very much as a surprise.
“Yes, I have (heard from Michigan),” Mayfield told The Michigan Insider. “(Offensive Coordinator) Coach (Tim) Drevno and I have spoken. He has told me they really like my film and want me to get down and meet everyone in person. I was a little shocked because I grew up watching Michigan all my life and now they contacted me, it seemed unreal.”
Growing up in the state of Michigan, Mayfield admits idolizing the Maize and Blue, but never checked out Ann Arbor. However, he plans on changing that and will now be visiting in the near future.
“I'm visiting on the 24th,” said Mayfield. “I'm very excited to see Michigan! This will be the first time and I’ll be going with my family. I’m just really excited to get on campus!”
At 6-foot-5, 245-pounds, Mayfield has the frame, athleticism and the ability to play on either side of the ball in college, which has grabbed the attention of many schools. It has also helped him pick up several early offers, but decided in February that he wanted to be a Golden Gopher.
However, if the Wolverines were to come calling with an offer, what would that mean to him and his recruitment?
“I'm really interested (in Michigan),” said Mayfield. “I mean who wouldn't be excited when Michigan shows interest! It would be a very special thing to receive an offer from Michigan. I don't know what that would mean for the future, but it would be a great opportunity.”