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What’s next for Michigan’s offensive line class following Jalen Mayfield‘s commitment?
In case you missed it, Grand Rapids (Mich.) Catholic Central OT prospect Jalen Mayfield committed to Michigan on Wednesday afternoon.
The 247Sports composite 4-star in-state lineman became the first tackle in the class and the ninth commitment overall.
Michigan has two offensive line commitments in Mayfield and Indianapolis Cathedral 4-star OG Emil Ekiyor.
Surely, the offensive line class isn’t done yet. The Wolverines might add one recruit each at guard and tackle, or they could add two tackles.
What do we think this offensive line class is going to end up looking like?
Here’s a look:
Traverse City (Mich.) West 4-star OT Ryan Hayes
Hayes has been a popular name since his recruitment started blowing up in the early spring. Originally, he was leaning toward Notre Dame but things took a big turn once he visited Ann Arbor in March. Since that trip, he’s been leaning heavily toward the Wolverines.
We’ve tabbed him our “most likely to commit next” recruit on Michigan’s board. There’s no sure timetable, but unless things take a sudden twist expect Hayes to end up with the Wolverines sooner than later.
Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy 3-star OT Daniel Faalele
The 6-foot-8, 400-pound Australian who has played just one organized football game in his life is one of the biggest names in recruiting for the 2018 class.
He’s being chased by a host of SEC schools along with Michigan and multiple others.
The Wolverines discovered Faalele at their satellite camp in Melbourne, Australia. As of now, things are so wide open that it’s hard to project where Faalele will go. But only one school has a past relationship with Faalele: Michigan.
Michigan offers top-100 WR Jaylen Waddle
The Wolverines went on the trail and offered another receiver in the 2018 class. We know already that the staff is only comfortable taking one receiver in this class, following its 2017 class that had five signees at the position.
Extremely blessed to receive an offer from University of Michigan 〽️〽️ pic.twitter.com/3kWJTXoGOQ
— Jaylen Waddle (@D1__JW) May 25, 2017
Bellaire (Texas) Episcopal 4-star WR Jaylen Waddle already has 26 offers and has committed to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, which plays host to the best prospects in the country.
Waddle has a long list of teams that have a crystal ball prediction: Texas, Florida State, Oregon, Oklahoma and two cloudy predictions make up the 13 total predictions on Waddle’s 247Sports profile.
So, Waddle’s recruitment is, more or less, wide open.
Is it odd for the Wolverines to enter the mix for a player of his caliber at this point? Yes, he’s definitely good enough to be offered a lot earlier. But even if it is late, this is as good a time as any for the Wolverines to jump into the mix with Waddle’s recruitment being an open race.
Waddle fits the mold for what Michigan is looking for in a slot receiver. The Wolverines aren’t searching for a true-blue wideout, as they had four of those in the last class. Oliver Martin was the only slot receiver in the class.
Waddle is just under 5-foot-10 and his game relies on speed but is complemented well by his sure hands.
The Wolverines aren’t perceived to have a sure shot for any of their current receiver targets. So maybe that sparked the offer and will lead to a pursuit of the Texas prospect.