Gridiron Gold Logo

Blog

Gridiron Gold

Following Gophers football year-round, Big Ten action and more

Michigan recruit splats Gophers in paintball video announcing his decision

The Gophers' hopes of landing Michigan prep offensive lineman Jalen Mayfield went splat two months ago, when he decommitted from Minnesota. This week, the consensus four-star recruit splattered the Gophers again -- in a paintball video, announcing his commitment to Michigan.

In the video, the 6-5 Mayfield drives into a park in a Jeep and begins hunting down some of the schools that offered him scholarships with a paintball gun. He splats someone wearing a Gophers jacket first, followed by Nebraska, Michigan State and Iowa before rescuing a female counterpart.

"After a long-fought battle, I have decided to 'Go Blue,'" Mayfield says, removing a state championship T-shirt from Grand Rapids Catholic Central High School to reveal a Michigan shirt.

P.J. Fleck's staff knew Mayfield was likely headed to Michigan when he decommitted from Minnesota on March 26. That came two days after Michigan made its offer. Mayfield was rated as a three-star recruit when he committed to Minnesota in February but has since added a fourth star, as often happens when "helmet schools" ramp up their pursuit.

Mayfield isn't the first recruit to get creative with an announcement video, and there's no shame for the Gophers in losing a Michigan high school standout to the Wolverines. But Mayfield made it sting a little more by rubbing it in, something that probably won't be forgotten by either side.

P.J. Fleck gets his first taste of annual Gopher Road Trip

The Gophers kicked off their annual coaches' "Road Trip" bus tour around Minnesota on Monday morning with a send-off at TCF Bank Stadium, before heading on a 14-city journey.

Football coach P.J. Fleck said he was looking forward to exploring the state. This is the first time he's been part of a caravan like this, as his other coaching jobs haven't been at schools with the only Division-I programs in their respective states.

"We didn’t have that at Western Michigan," he said. "You have Michigan, Michigan State, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Grand Valley -- there were so many schools. And I’m sure Michigan and Michigan State did some things like that, but in the Mid-American Conference, you don’t own the state like that.

"But that’s what’s really different about the state of Minnesota and the University of Minnesota. Everybody here, for the most part, is a Gopher fan, and we’ve got to collect them all and put them in that facility [TCF Bank Stadium] over the next however many years."

Fleck, Richard Pitino and the other coaches are scheduled to hit Winona and Rochester today. Here's the full list:

City

Date / Time

Event Location

Minneapolis

May 22 - 8 a.m.

Tribal Nations Plaza at TCF Bank Stadium

Winona

May 22 - 12:00 p.m.

Elks Lodge

Rochester

May 22 - 4:30 p.m.

Somerby Golf Club and Community

Owatonna

May 23 - 8:00 a.m.

Holiday Inn (Owatonna)

Fairmont

May 23 - 12:00 p.m.

Holiday Inn (Fairmont)

New Ulm

May 23 - 4:30 p.m.

Turner Hall

Redwood Falls

May 24 - 8:30 a.m.

Redwood Area Community Center

Hutchinson

May 24 - 12:00 p.m.

Crow River Golf Club

Spicer

June 5 - 11:30 a.m.

Johnny O'Neil's Green Lake Social

Perham

June 5 - 4:30 p.m.

Perham Lakeside Golf Club

Park Rapids

June 6 - 8:00 a.m.

Blueberry Pines Golf Course

Bagley

June 6 - 11:30 a.m.

Timber Events Center

Coleraine

June 6 - 4:30 p.m.

Eagle Ridge Golf Course

Hibbing

June 7 - 7:30 a.m.

Mesaba Country Club

Sartell

June 7 - 12:30 p.m.

The Grands at Mulligan

TV Listings

Local Schedule

< >
  • Canterbury Park live racing

    12:45 pm

  • Tampa Bay at Twins

    1:10 pm on FSN, 96.3-FM

  • Orlando City at Minnesota United FC

    7 pm on Ch. 29, 1500-AM

  • Kansas City at Saints

    7:05 pm on 105.1-FM

  • Canterbury Park live racing

    12:45 pm

  • Tampa Bay at Twins

    1:10 pm on FSN, 96.3-FM

  • Kansas City at Saints

    5:05 pm on 1220-AM

  • San Antonio at Lynx

    6 pm on FSN, 106.1-FM

  • Canterbury Park live racing

    12:45 pm

  • Houston at Twins

    1:10 pm on FSN, 96.3-FM

  • Saints at Cleburne

    7:05 pm on 1220-AM

  • Saints at Cleburne

    7:05 pm on 1220-AM

  • Houston at Twins

    7:10 pm on FSN, 96.3-FM

  • Houston at Twins

    12:10 pm on MLBN, 96.3-FM

  • Saints at Cleburne

    7:05 pm on 1220-AM

  • Saints at Cleburne

    7:05 pm on 1220-AM

  • Twins at L.A. Angels

    9:07 pm on FSN, 96.3-FM

  • Saints at Salina

    3 pm on 1220-AM

  • Canterbury Park live racing

    6:30 pm

  • Twins at L.A. Angels

    9:07 pm on FSN, 96.3-FM

  • Saints at Salina

    12 pm on 105.1-FM

  • Canterbury Park live racing

    12:45 pm

  • Minnesota United FC at Sporting K.C.

    4 pm on ESPN, 1500-AM

Today's Scoreboard

  • Oakland

    NY Yankees

     

    - F

    2

    3

  • Texas

    Toronto

     

    - F

    1

    3

  • Detroit

    Chicago White Sox

     

    - F

    0

    3

  • Tampa Bay

    Minnesota

     

    - F

    3

    5

  • Seattle

    Boston

     

    - Bot 8th

    0

    5

  • Cincinnati

    Philadelphia

     

    - Bot 7th

    3

    3

  • San Diego

    Washington

     

    - Bot 7th

    0

    3

  • Kansas City

    Cleveland

     

    - Bot 6th

    4

    2

  • LA Angels

    Miami

     

    - Top 8th

    2

    1

  • Arizona

    Milwaukee

     

    - Bot 7th

    0

    5

  • Detroit

    Chicago White Sox

     

    - Bot 2nd

    0

    0

  • Baltimore

    Houston

    6:15 PM

    FOX

  • Chicago Cubs

    LA Dodgers

    6:15 PM

    FOX

  • NY Mets

    Pittsburgh

    6:15 PM

    FOX

  • St. Louis

    Colorado

    8:10 PM

  • Atlanta

    San Francisco

    9:05 PM

No NFL games today

No NBA games today

No NHL games today

  • Portland

    Seattle

     

    - F

    0

    1

  • D.C.

    Vancouver

    6:00 PM

  • New England

    New York

    6:30 PM

  • Sporting Kansas City

    Colorado

    7:00 PM

  • Philadelphia

    Real Salt Lake

    7:00 PM

  • Orlando City SC

    Minnesota

    7:00 PM

  • Los Angeles

    San Jose

    9:00 PM