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3-star CB Trent Gordon takes a visit to Michigan
On Tuesday, Manvel (Texas) CB Trent Gordon headed north for an unofficial visit to Michigan.
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A 3-star prospect, according to the 247Sports Composite, Gordon is on a spring break trek through the Midwest. That included another Big Ten trip on Monday — to Ohio State.
4-Star Trent Gordon's first spring road trip stop: Ohio State. ICYMI, here is his preview of next stops:
— Nick Krueger (@RivalsKroogCity) March 14, 2017
Gordon has blown up recently, receiving 22 offers since the calendars turned to 2017.
A very in-your-face corner, Gordon has become an intriguing prospect due to his strong junior season that showcased his ability to be a very physical corner. He’s good in the open field, supporting in rush defense in a large way, even laying a few kids out in some of his Hudl highlights. His size is a plus, too, at 6-foot, 175 pounds.
Gordon is a really good fit in Michigan’s extremely aggressive style of defense. It calls for two physical corners, and for all 11 guys on the field to be capable of helping in rush defense. He gives you both of those things.
Despite his fit into Michigan’s scheme, the Wolverines will have to put up a big fight to land Gordon, as things stand right now.
Michigan is heavily focused on San Diego 4-star CB Isaac Taylor-Stuart and DeSoto (Texas) 3-star CB Gemon Green, while also keeping a very close eye on — and surely wouldn’t mind landing the commitments of — Miami (Fla.) 4-star CB Josh Jobe and Atlanta Westlake 4-star CB Myles Sims.
Gordon’s initiative to get up to Michigan all the way from Texas for an unofficial visit shows his real interest in the Wolverines.
There is just one 247Sports Crystal Ball Prediction for Gordon, favoring UCLA — a school that Michigan is positioning itself to battle against a lot in this cycle with names such as Las Vegas duo Dorian Thompson-Robinson and Brevin Jordan, among others.
Keep it locked on Gordon moving forward, and we will keep you updated.
Minnesota commit Jalen Mayfield visiting Michigan
According to Kyle Goblirsch of Gophers247, Minnesota commit and Michigan native Jalen Mayfield, will take a visit to Michigan on March 24.
The Grand Rapids (Mich.) Catholic Central 3-star O-line/D-line prospect has been committed to Minnesota since Feb. 18. Holding offers from Arizona, Cincinnati, Iowa, Michigan State and a host of others, Mayfield has seen his recruit reach new heights in 2017, much like Gordon.
Yet despite Mayfield’s list of offers, the Wolverines have yet to throw their name in the hat for the 6-foot-5, 255-pounder.
At Michigan, Mayfield would probably be plugged into the program to see where he fits best. The Wolverines have a good number of defensive ends and tackles from the past two classes, including a whopping five ends in the 2017 class.
Expect Mayfield to be a guy the Wolverines see in person on the visit to evaluate and gauge interest. New offensive line/tight ends coach Greg Frey had a knack for guys like Mayfield at Indiana. Not saying he’s bound to be like Hoosiers All-American Dan Feeney, but there’s a chance for each prospect under Frey to be something special.
Again, this one is up in the air as far as an offer goes. It depends on the meeting with Mayfield and his family during his visit, and is most dependent upon how good Mayfield’s camp season is. If by fall there still isn’t an offer, Mayfield will have to show out on his senior tape.
Even if Michigan were to offer, Mayfield has a good relationship with Gophers head coach P.J. Fleck from his days recruiting him at Western Michigan, one of Mayfield’s first offers.
Pulling him away from Fleck and all the boat-rowing in Minnesota will be a tall task, but if any school can pull it off, it’s the in-state Wolverines.
Keep an eye on Land of 10 for a visit recap from Mayfield following his trip on March 24.