"I felt that choosing Minnesota was the best choice for me because coach P.J. Fleck and Minnesota are really changing the culture of Gopher Football," Michigan offensive lineman Jalen Mayfield said to GopherIllustrated about his Minnesota commitment. "This is going to be a place that is going to take off really soon. My whole family and coach Fleck were in the room when I told him I wanted to be a Gopher, and he was really excited."
"I was in Minnesota from Saturday until Monday and that was my first time visiting the state," Mayfield explained to GI. "I was able to visit around the campus, talk with all of the coaches and meet some of the players. It was an amazing experience to be on campus there for the first time, and I can't wait to be on it in the future as I really liked the vibe there. Their facilities are easily going to be one of the best in the country when they finish construction here in the fall. too. The two coaches I probably talked with most with Warinner and Fleck, and Warinner said that I made a great decision and he really thinks I'm going to be a huge part of the culture change at Minnesota. He said I'll play tackle, either left or right, because he wants everyone to be versatile and play multiple positions along the offensive line. Coach Fleck said they really like my leadership qualities and how I'm a guy he likes because I show great qualities in becoming a great person in the community, and a great football player."
Mayfield's decision wasn't an easy one, but he knows he made the right choice.
"I felt that both Iowa and Michigan State were great places, but coach Fleck's culture and how I felt when I stepped on campus just put Minnesota over the time for me. My family loved it this past weekend, and they really love how Fleck interacts with me and they love how he is so involved in his players lives. I was recruiting some guys like Michael Furtney at Junior Day on Sunday, so I want people to just want me to wait and see that we're going to get this place back on top. I'm 100% done with the recruiting process now, and I won't visit anymore places except Minnesota. I will be going to the Opening and Under Armour camps this spring, and maybe even Sound Mind Sound Body, but we'll see. I want Gopher fans to know that Minnesota is going to be back on the map as a football power house here real soon."