Michigan recruiting: Jalen Mayfield leads team to consecutive state titles

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The Michigan Class of 2018 includes 15 committed players, and four are committed to the Class of 2019. There is a lot of hype surrounding players during the recruiting season when they go to camps and special events, such as Nike’s The Opening. 

Where these players really shine, though, is on Friday nights for their high school teams. That is where they put all those camp drills to good use. Land of 10 brings you a roundup of how some of these future Wolverines fared on the field last weekend. State playoffs are ongoing, with some championships being decided last weekend, some this weekend and others entering their final stages.

Jalen Mayfield, T, Grand Rapids (Mich.) Catholic Central

Jalen Mayfield capped his senior season by helping GRCC win its second consecutive Division 4 state title, 42-31, against Edwardsburg at Ford Field in Detroit. Mayfield was part of an offensive line that opened up hole after hole for senior running back Nolan Fugate, who rushed for a Division 4 state championship game-record 306 yards on 36 carries. Fugate scored 4 rushing touchdowns and added a fifth score with a receiving touchdown.

“Nolan is a helluva player,” Mayfield told MLive.com. “He has done it all year, and [Friday night], he put the team on his back. You couldn’t ask for much more.”

Nolan Rumler, T, Akron (Ohio) Hoban

Nolan Rumler and Hoban beat Avon 30-6 in the Division II state semifinals to advance to the state championship game against Cincinnati Winton Woods. Hoban has won two consecutive titles in Division III and now will get a chance for its third consecutive championship. Hoban running backs DeaMonte Trayanum and Tyris Dickerson combined for 194 yards rushing and 2 touchdowns on 24 carries.

Sammy Faustin, CB, Naples (Fla.)

Before getting on a plane early Saturday for a flight to Michigan to visit the Wolverines, the 2018 commit helped Naples win a Class 6A regional title 36-9 over visiting Fort Myers on Friday. Sammy Faustin recovered a fumble during the victory as Naples advances to the state semifinals against Miami Northwestern. Naples was knocked out of the postseason last year by Fort Myers but turned the tables this season by holding Fort Myers to 143 yards of offense.

Otis Reese, LB, Lee County (Ga.)

Lee County is heading to its first state semifinal after defeating Mays 34-14 in the Class AAAAAA quarterfinals. Lee County lost to Mays in the second round of the 2016 playoffs, but Otis Reese and the Trojans defense forced 5 turnovers this time. They will face Glynn Academy in the semifinals.

“We were motivated for this,” Reese told the Albany Herald. “We worked all summer for this. For us to play Mays in the third round, that was amazing.”

Christian Turner, RB, Buford (Ga.)

Christian Turner scored a touchdown as Buford advanced to the Class AAAAA state semifinals with a 20-17 win against Stockbridge. Turner’s touchdown on a 2-yard run early in the fourth quarter put Buford in the lead, 17-14, after it had trailed 14-3 at halftime. Buford will attempt to reach its second consecutive championship game when it faces Rome this week. Rome beat Buford in the 2016 title game.

Mustapha Muhammad, TE, Fort Bend (Texas) Ridge Point

The season came to an end for Mustapha Muhammad and Ridge Point with a 36-29 loss to Lamar in the Class 6A Division I playoffs. Muhammad caught a 41-yard pass from quarterback Aaron Allen that gave Ridge Point a 13-7 lead in the second quarter.

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