Michigan football's star offensive linemen, Jalen Mayfield, recently opted back in to playing this college football season after declaring for the NFL draft.
And it appears any hurdles regarding his eligibility have been cleared.
“He did submit a waiver to be able to come back and play, and that waiver has been granted,” said Jim Harbaugh on the "Inside the Wolverines" radio show with Jon Jansen on Monday night. "I think there’s a few stipulations that he has to do, but I think that waiver has been granted that he can return.”
A redshirt sophomore who started all 13 games at right tackle last season, Mayfield left the program in mid-August shortly after the Big Ten postponed all college sports. He signed with an agent and planned to move out to California to begin training for the 2021 NFL draft, for which he has been considered a potential first-round prospect.
Mayfield ended up changing his mind, though, when the Big Ten announced that the college football season would begin Oct. 24. His return was big news for an offensive line that would've had to replace all five starters from last season upon Mayfield's departure. The only question was whether he would be able to obtain eligibility after signing with an agent, and it appears that has been answered.
"Well, Jalen had opted out, and he's chosen to come back, and he's working through the process of what he needs to do there," said offensive line coach Ed Warinner. "But he's back on campus, he's in school, he's enrolled, he's going to class — well, Zoom class.
"He'll be participating with us in meetings and practice. Everything should work out where he'll be able to get back in there. We're excited to have Jalen back."
Next on the list: Getting Mayfield ready for the season as Michigan begins padded practices this week.
"A returning starter that played really well at the end of last year, and we've just got to get him back into that same routine," Warinner said. "Get him going again. The last time Jalen had pads on was Jan. 1 against Alabama. So we all know that takes a while.
"But we'll get him up to speed and get him ready for the first game. And we're excited to do it."
The Wolverines had two other players reportedly sign with agents in receiver Nico Collins and cornerback Ambry Thomas. As of now, the two have not opted back in.
“Right now, at this point, Jalen is the only one who submitted that waiver to opt back in," Harbaugh said when asked about Collins and Thomas.
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