Minnesota added a second recruit to its 2018 class Saturday afternoon with the commitment of 3-star offensive tackle Jalen Mayfield.
— Ryan Burns (@RyanBurnsMN) February 18, 2017
Mayfield chose the Golden Gophers over offers from Michigan State, Iowa and a handful of other schools, going to Twitter to announce the decision:
I am extremely blessed and proud to announce that I will continue my academic and athletic career at Minnesota!!!! pic.twitter.com/OvuTILaEzx
— Jalen Mayfield (@jay_may_11) February 18, 2017
Mayfield is a 6-foot-5, 245-pound recruit from Grand Rapids, Mich., and is rated the No. 48 offensive tackle in the country, per 247Sports. Additionally, 247Sports pegs Mayfield as the 16th-best prospect out of the state. Michigan State and Iowa both offered Mayfield in late January, while the Golden Gophers offered him on Feb. 6.
This is obviously a nice addition to Minnesota’s 2018 class, but it’s even nicer for Gophers fans to know that new coach P.J. Fleck was able to land Mayfield in spite of Big Ten competition.