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Irish add commitment from Texas WR Jalen Guyton

Mar 30, 2014, 7:28 PM EDT

Dallas Morning News Dallas Morning News

Notre Dame has added another Lone Star state prospect to its recruiting pipeline, receiving the verbal commitment of Allen, Texas’ Jalen Guyton. The 6-foot-1 wide receiver became the fifth member of the class of 2015, the first receiver of the group.

Guyton had offers from almost 20 programs including Baylor, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Texas A&M and Stanford. He chose the Irish over Stanford, committing to Notre Dame after visiting last week.

“I got that feeling with Notre Dame and I just feel like that’s the place for me to be,” Guyton told Irish Illustrated’s Jake Brown. “I really couldn’t explain it. It was just the campus and what the campus life felt like. I like how their receivers play. I liked everything I saw and everything it had to offer.”

Guyton offers quite a bit to the Irish as well, adding another speedy prospect who has excelled at the highest level of high school football. Guyton made 42 catches for 1,029 yards and 13 touchdowns last season, the second straight state title for Allen, who finished the season ranked No. 2 in the country.

 

A look at Guyton’s highlight tape shows a receiver who did plenty of damage vertically last year, getting behind the defense as a deep threat specialist. It also expands Kerry Cooks’ reach in Texas, bringing in one of the top players at a top program in the state.

Guyton plans on returning for the Blue-Gold game and has shut down his recruitment, telling Brown that he’ll be canceling his trip to Stanford.

“I am 100 percent committed to Notre Dame,” Guyton told Blue & Gold’s Tom Loy. “That’s where I really want to be. I know it’s a while until Signing Day, but I’m Irish all the way and I’m excited.”

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  1. bernhtp - Mar 30, 2014 at 7:41 PM

    There clearly is a big emphasis on Texas and the talent there. We had the Shamrock series in San Antonio a few years ago, Dallas last year, and San Antonio is scheduled again. We are opening with Rice and have a four game series scheduled with U Texas, probably expanding to more.

    Lots of recruits coming out of Texas and Notre Dame is becoming a major player.

    • dickasman - Mar 30, 2014 at 9:12 PM

      Wait a minute. “Guy” “ton”. Great another democrat. Can we recruit some more Girl tons? God knows SB is already sausage fest as it is.

      I do like the fact that they are recruiting TX more

      • bernhtp - Mar 30, 2014 at 9:16 PM

        You were clearly hoping for Gayton instead.

    • dickasman - Mar 30, 2014 at 9:15 PM

      I’d like to see some GA and LA kids but typically it’s pretty hard sell to get them kids here but that’s where da real ballaz at.

    • dickasman - Mar 30, 2014 at 10:09 PM

      If Gayton is republican and not btch in n whinin about yes, I will take “it”. Up the as, if necessary. Luv me some gay repubs!

      • jerseyshorendfan1 - Mar 30, 2014 at 10:52 PM

        This time tomorrow, the space above will read “Comment deleted for obvious reasons.”

      • mtflsmitty - Mar 31, 2014 at 2:01 AM

        Dick, You’re simply not funny. Worse, you’re boring.

        Further, you’re either:
        A) An crude guy, with zero filter in real life. Obnoxious. Boring.
        B) A guy who’s developed an online persona to satisfy craven need for attention. Boring.
        C) A guy clumsily attempting satire, but not sharp enough to pull it off. Boring.

        You’re boring.

  2. dudeacow - Mar 30, 2014 at 8:07 PM

    It sure is nice to be king of Texas.

  3. goirishgo - Mar 30, 2014 at 8:37 PM

    I was on a business engagement in the Dallas area for several months LY. My ND luggage tags and other gear were, as usual, great conversation starters. I was astounded at the number of people who encountered Irish fans, students, band members, players etc and were universally impressed with their interactions. The Shamrock Series is clearly doing what it was designed to do in TX.

    • dickasman - Mar 30, 2014 at 9:14 PM

      Which escort service did you use?

  4. spunhead73 - Mar 30, 2014 at 9:20 PM

    I love it when a player chooses ND over punk ass Ohio State.

    • dickasman - Mar 30, 2014 at 10:11 PM

      You gotta hand it to him. How he turned down free tattoos is beyond my wildest imagination. Is he normal or something?

  5. mediocrebob - Mar 30, 2014 at 9:37 PM

    Averaged almost 25 yds per catch. May have to learn another route besides the “go” but you gotta like the speed.

  6. jerseyshorendfan1 - Mar 30, 2014 at 10:54 PM

    I like any receiver who routinely outruns the camera coverage.

  7. onward2victory - Mar 30, 2014 at 11:48 PM

    Just watched his tape and he looks really good, but I found myself just as impressed with his QB, dropping those over-the-shoulder dimes. I wonder who that kid is and where he’s going.

    • yogihilt - Mar 31, 2014 at 8:31 AM

      Kyle Murray Allen Texas QB.., also a junior 46 Td’s 9 Ints over 3600 yds passing and 1200 yds rushing with 19 more on the ground.. only 5’11” but so is Johnny Football

      • onward2victory - Mar 31, 2014 at 12:32 PM

        Nice thanks. If we didn’t already have Barnett…

  8. getsome99 - Mar 31, 2014 at 12:12 AM

    The kid is legit. Allen is a powerhouse program, enough to warrant building a $60M stadium. This program is even recruiting top talent from rivals suburbs. Plano, McKinney, etc to come play JV for them.

  9. irishpuma - Mar 31, 2014 at 12:44 AM

    Observations:

    Nice High School stadium
    They also got to play in Dallas and Baylor stadium
    Three sets of uniforms pretty snazzy
    Size
    Speed
    Vision
    Those DB’s were way off him and he still torched them
    Not one bit of taunting, just made the catch flipped the ball to the ref. he acted like it was all routine, and I love that!

    Very excited the kid looks legit! and 100% committed!! Nice pick up to go along with our new Safety recruit and legit QB the “15 class is coming along nice they just need a nickname now. Irish Gold 15!!

    • mtflsmitty - Mar 31, 2014 at 2:22 AM

      The games at Baylor and Jerry World were likely from 5A Semi-State and State Championship games, which suggests the DBs he was burning were pretty decent.

      If you love blazing speed, great catches, TDs and all the glamor crap, you’ll enjoy his highlight tape. But if you want to see what kind of football player this kid is just skip to 3:42, watch the next seven seconds, rewind & repeat.

      • glowplugv - Mar 31, 2014 at 11:43 AM

        Good point. The was some very aggressive blocking. Bodes well to be able to get off the line and support the run game.

    • mediocrebob - Mar 31, 2014 at 8:40 AM

      I believe they went with “Shamrock Soldiers”.

      • irishpuma - Apr 1, 2014 at 12:46 AM

        the ss not good

  10. yaketyyacc - Mar 31, 2014 at 5:33 AM

    on paper, we just get better and better. let’s translate all this to the field.

  11. chaunce922 - Mar 31, 2014 at 7:40 AM

    Hes not that dynamic of a receiver. Decent hands, average route runner. But he clearly has elite speed and separation ability. Hes a step or 3 faster than every player he goes against and his competition is some of the best in Texas..

    Dont think hes got the wiggle or shiftyness to be a great returner, well, he can probably return punts.
    Kid plays with 0 umph though, needs to pack some muscle and strength on. Im sure when the rankings come out he’ll be one of them borderline 4 star players but with the speed alone is a solid 3 star.

    It’ll be great to see if he can develop, the Raiders/Al Davis fan in me thinks he can take that elite speed plus abit of hard work and maybe turn into a better version of Deshawn Jackson or something similar at some point in the future..

  12. sisqsage - Mar 31, 2014 at 8:51 AM

    Cooks is an animal. Rapidly becoming among the nation’s elite in recruiting. The AD and Kelly better make sure he hangs around. Their next goal should be to nab a 5-star QB from Texas who will actually play in South Bend for like three years before jumping to the NFL.

    Overall, you have to like the coordinated effort in scheduling, recruiting and coaching. Play at multiple neutral sites across the country every season and blue chippers and their parents will notice. It’s an effective draw few other schools can emulate.

  13. fnc111 - Mar 31, 2014 at 4:46 PM

    If ND started pulling the top prospects out of Texas I’d call it being King. Until that happens dudea, we’ll just say nice job on getting a quality athlete. Let’s not go crazy over a 3-star here.

  14. getsome99 - Apr 2, 2014 at 1:08 AM

    Cam McDaniel, Corey Robinson, Torri Hunter, Watkins, McKinney, Guyton…these are all some of the top prospects from some of the best high school programs in Texas football. The trend is real and much credit should go to the recent success we’ve had playing down here. 2 Shamrock Series games and a bowl win. The series against the Longhorns will be huge for us as well.

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