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Jalen Mayfield commits to U.S. Army All-American Bowl
Michigan’s class is taking shape and it might get a new addition on May 23. Grand Rapids (Mich.) Catholic Central OT Jalen Mayfield happens to be announcing his commitment that day.
The in-stater has seen his recruitment take off as of late, including a rise in the 247Sports composite rankings from a 3-star prospect to a 4-star prospect.
And on Monday, he announced his pledge to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl next January. From being ranked below 500 as a Minnesota commit, to now being an All-American ranked inside the top 100 players in the country by some services, it’s been a heck of a ride for Mayfield.
“It’s been unreal,” Mayfield said. “My dreams as a little kid are turning into a reality.”
I am so honored to play in the U.S. Army All-American Game! All my dreams are finally turning into a reality!
— Jalen Mayfield (@jay_may_11) May 15, 2017
On top of gaining All-America status, Mayfield was also named Michigan’s new top prospect in the 247Sports solo rankings. He is the nation’s No. 86 overall prospect and among the top 10 tackles nationally.
With a commitment scheduled in just over a week, Mayfield remains a heavy favorite to choose the in-state Wolverines after a couple of nice visits to Ann Arbor this spring.
Mayfield has 15 crystal ball predictions on his 247Sports profile, and all of them favor the Wolverines.
With so many big things happening for Mayfield, it’ll be interesting to see if that narrative changes in the coming days. As of now, Michigan looks set to land the state’s fastest-rising prospect.
Michigan offers RB Mychale Salahuddin
The Wolverines have one running back committed in Buford (Ga.) 3-star prospect Christian Turner – who recently received an offer from Florida – but had no other offers out to running backs who look like realistic candidates to end up as signees in Michigan’s 2018 class.
A new name surfaced Sunday night when the Wolverines offered Washington D.C., Woodson 3-star prospect Mychale Salahuddin.
— M.Salahuddin (@_TopProspect_) May 15, 2017
Salahuddin is just outside of 4-star territory in the composite, but the 247Sports solo rankings list him as the No. 186 overall prospect and a 4-star prospect.
An all-purpose back, Salahuddin also can play in the slot and in the return game.
Michigan targeted a similar back for its 2017 class in former 5-star prospect Stephen Carr, who signed with USC.
Salahuddin also shines on defense, with a couple of interceptions and 35 tackles in his junior season.
Offense is his spot at the next level, though, as he racked up 1,100 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2016.
— M.Salahuddin (@_TopProspect_) December 1, 2016
He is extremely shifty, but runs well vertically despite being 5-foot-10 and just under 200 pounds. He’s a weapon as a pass catcher and will be a good return man at the next level.
Salahuddin is the most intriguing prospect on Michigan’s running back board right now. His film looks better than the already committed Turner’s, though their games differ.
Expect Michigan to shoot for a visit this summer.