Michigan men in the making? Wolverines recruiting weekend hopes to add to 2018 class

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While most Michigan football recruiting eyes were set on potential Mississippi transfers Shea Patterson, Van Jefferson and Deontay Anderson, there were several other prospective players on campus taking official visits. Three of those players were 2018 commits Jalen Mayfield, Christian Turner and Luke Schoonmaker.

They got a chance to see their future campus up close, including taking in the men’s basketball team coming back from a 15-point deficit in the second half to defeat UCLA, 78-69, in overtime at Crisler Center.

Besides the three 2018 commits, the Wolverines also hosted tackle Jarrett Patterson of Mission Viejo, Calif., and Valdosta (Ga.) Lowndes teammates Michael Barrett and Jalen Goss. Barrett played quarterback for Lowndes, but the 6-foot-2, 215-pound player is listed as an athlete by recruiting services as is expected to switch positions at the college level. Goss is a tackle.

Goss and Barrett are rated as 3-star prospects by the 247Sports composite. They were able to overcome some travel delays caused by snowy weather conditions in the Southeast to make it Ann Arbor.

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Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh talks with 2018 offensive tackle recruit prospect Jarrett Patterson during the men’s basketball team’s overtime win against UCLA last Saturday. (Isaiah Hole/247Sports)

Patterson is rated as a 4-star prospect. He was committed to Arizona State but changed his mind last week and now will choose between Michigan and UCLA. Patterson is expected to make an official visit to the Bruins this weekend, and told 247Sports that he believes Michigan offensive coordinator and line coach Tim Drevno will make an in-home visit this week. Patterson said he is not planning on utilizing the early signing period that runs from Dec. 20-22, that he will wait until National Signing Day on Feb. 7.

Mayfield, an offensive lineman from Grand Rapids Catholic Central, and Turner, a running back from Buford, Ga., are expected to sign during the early period but neither will be an early enrollee.

I had a great time. It was a lot of fun,” Mayfield told Land of 10. He was hosted by freshman offensive tackle Chuck Filiaga. “Being around the players, got to know them really well. They told the good and the bad sides of coming here. There weren’t too many bad sides about it. [They] Told me what they learned this year about coming in and adjusting to the speed level. I think I’ll fit in perfectly with them.”

Turner told Land of 10 last week that he’ll be ready to come in next summer and compete for whatever role the coaches want to use him. Turner shared the offensive backfield with Tennessee-commit Anthony Grant as well as 2019 prospect Derrian Brown who has offers from 20 Division I schools.

“We compete with each other and it teaches you to be unselfish,” Turner said. “It shows you if you’re playing for a team you don’t want to be just a specific position or just be known as a running back. You want to be a player who can help the team the most or can contribute in any way possible.”

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