Mar 30, 2014, 7:28 PM EDT
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.”