Potential First-Round Pick Jalen Mayfield Opts Back In For Wolverines


Two days ago, Jalen Mayfield's father said his son was 'done' at Michigan. Mayfield, a star offensive tackle, had opted out of this season and hired an agent to prepare for the NFL Draft when the Big Ten postponed fall sports due to COVID-19.

And Mayfield's father insisted his son's decision was final, even when the Big Ten announced Wednesday the football season will start in October.

On Friday, Mayfield opted back in. The redshirt sophomore will return to Michigan, according to multiple reports, to anchor the team's offensive line and boost his draft stock further.

Many draft analysts already consider Mayfield a first-round pick in 2021.

It's great news for Michigan, which lost four of its five starters on the offensive line to the draft last spring. And it's great news for quarterback Joe Milton, who received a friendly tweet from Mayfield Friday afternoon.

Mayfield might not be the only Wolverine to opt back in after declaring for the draft. CB Ambry Thomas is considering doing the same, and WR Nico Collins could reportedly return as well.