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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:


Date / Time

Event Location


May 22 - 8 a.m.

Tribal Nations Plaza at TCF Bank Stadium


May 22 - 12:00 p.m.

Elks Lodge


May 22 - 4:30 p.m.

Somerby Golf Club and Community


May 23 - 8:00 a.m.

Holiday Inn (Owatonna)


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


May 24 - 12:00 p.m.

Crow River Golf Club


June 5 - 11:30 a.m.

Johnny O'Neil's Green Lake Social


June 5 - 4:30 p.m.

Perham Lakeside Golf Club

Park Rapids

June 6 - 8:00 a.m.

Blueberry Pines Golf Course


June 6 - 11:30 a.m.

Timber Events Center


June 6 - 4:30 p.m.

Eagle Ridge Golf Course


June 7 - 7:30 a.m.

Mesaba Country Club


June 7 - 12:30 p.m.

The Grands at Mulligan

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