Michigan added another key piece to its 2018 recruiting class on Tuesday night.
Grand Rapids (Mich.) Catholic Central OT prospect Jalen Mayfield announced his commitment to Michigan on his 17th birthday at his school, where he played a commitment video to a crowd of friends and family.
— Brandon Brown (@BSB_Wolverine) May 23, 2017
The 247Sports composite 4-star lineman is the ninth commitment in Michigan’s 2018 class. He becomes the second offensive line commit, along with Indianapolis Cathedral 4-star OG Emil Ekiyor, and the second commit from Michigan, along with Dearborn (Mich.) Divine Child 4-star DE Aidan Hutchinson.
Mayfield’s commitment propelled Michigan from the No. 17 class in the country to the No. 9 class, per the 247Sports team rankings, surpassing Big Ten foes Minnesota (where he originally committed to) and Nebraska, which also offered Mayfield.
Jalen Mayfield commits to Michigan over host of other schools
Though his offer sheet isn’t as impressive as some other tackles, Mayfield has what it takes to be a big name on campus in Ann Arbor.
The other schools that contended for Mayfield’s services included Arizona, Cincinnati Iowa, Michigan State, Minnesota and Nebraska, among other Group of Five schools.
Despite holding those offers, only one school stood a chance for Mayfield once he reopened his recruitment in March after an offer from Michigan.
Some tend to forget that Mayfield was a Minnesota commit for the majority of the winter before getting the offer from Michigan that made him back off his pledge and de-commit from the Gophers.
From that point on, it was a recruitment dominated by the in-state Wolverines.
Where does Jalen Mayfield’s commitment to Michigan fit into its class?
The commitment of Mayfield is a big one for Michigan. He becomes the first tackle in the class and the second-straight U.S. Army All-American to commit to the Wolverines at tackle in the past two cycles. Chuck Filiaga was the other, and he is a member of Michigan’s 2017 class.
Mayfield is the only tackle committed in the class that will look to add one more tackle to the mix. This gives Mayfield a prime spot to compete against his fellow class members, being that there will be little tackle competition.
As a fast-rising prospect that was ranked below No. 800 just a few months ago, if Mayfield’s momentum stays constant, he could see himself in the Top 100 prospects across all services, rather than just 247Sports – the only service that ranks him inside that zone.