While most Michigan football recruiting eyes were set on potential Mississippi transfers Shea Patterson, Van Jefferson and Deontay Anderson over the weekend, there were several other prospective players on campus taking official visits. Three of those players were 2018 commits Jalen Mayfield, Christian Turner and Luke Schoonmaker.
They got a chance to see the campus up close, including taking in the men’s basketball team coming back from a 15-point deficit in the second half to defeat UCLA, 78-69, in overtime at Crisler Center.
Besides the three 2018 commits, the Wolverines also hosted tackle Jarrett Patterson of Mission Viejo, Calif., and Valdosta (Ga.) Lowndes teammates Michael Barrett and Jalen Goss. Barrett played quarterback for Lowndes, but the 6-foot-2, 215-pound player is listed as an athlete by recruiting services as is expected to switch positions at the college level. Goss is a tackle.
— Jalen Goss (@Almighty__jayy4) December 10, 2017
Goss and Barrett are rated as 3-star prospects by the 247Sports composite. They were able to overcome some travel delays caused by snowy weather conditions in the Southeast to make it Ann Arbor.
Jarrett Patterson is rated as a 4-star prospect. He was committed to Arizona State but changed his mind last week and now will choose between Michigan and UCLA. Patterson is expected to make an official visit to the Bruins this weekend, and he told 247Sports that he believes Michigan offensive coordinator and line coach Tim Drevno will make an in-home visit this week. Patterson said he is not planning to utilize the early signing period that runs from Dec. 20-22 and will wait until National Signing Day on Feb. 7.
Mayfield, an offensive lineman from Grand Rapids (Mich.) Catholic Central, and Turner, a running back from Buford, Ga., are expected to sign during the early period but neither will be an early enrollee.
“I had a great time. It was a lot of fun,” Mayfield told Land of 10. He was hosted by freshman tackle Chuck Filiaga. “Being around the players, got to know them really well. They told the good and the bad sides of coming here. There weren’t too many bad sides about it. [They] told me what they learned this year about coming in and adjusting to the speed level. I think I’ll fit in perfectly with them.”
— Christian Turner (@_ChrisTurner28) December 10, 2017
Turner told Land of 10 last week that he’ll be ready to come in next summer and compete for whatever role the coaches want. Turner shared the offensive backfield in high school with Tennessee commit Anthony Grant as well as 2019 prospect Derrian Brown, who has offers from 20 Division I schools.
“We compete with each other and it teaches you to be unselfish,” Turner said. “It shows you if you’re playing for a team you don’t want to be just a specific position or just be known as a running back. You want to be a player who can help the team the most or can contribute in any way possible.”