Jalen Nailor

Arizona State offer well received by Gorman wideout Jalen Nailor

After a high performance junior season for the nation's top ranked team, Jalen Nailor is getting increasingly heavily recruited, with the Sun Devils stepping up their pursuit.

Las Vegas Bishop Gorman wide receiver Jalen Nailor recently passed the Arizona State coaching staff's entrance exam. 

A 6-foot-0, 175 pound wide receiver, Nailor performed in front of first-year position coach Rob Likens during a workout at Gorman last week. Good news followed soon thereafter. 

"I think it was Wednesday that coach Likens came down to practice, stayed the whole time, watched me do routes, watched me do press release drills, basically watch me the whole practice," Nailor said. "Two days later he told me to call him and I called him and he offered me (a scholarship). I kind of thought he was going to (offer) but I kind of didn't because I took a visit there earlier and he liked me but didn't offer. So I figured I'll see what happens later on, but then it came."

ASU is one of two programs to have offered Nailor a scholarship that he's seen in person, the other being Arizona. He's also taken visits to UCLA and USC.

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"I really liked ASU though, it was real nice, good school, good atmosphere," Nailor said of his March visit. "Just how the school is, not everything spaced apart, the coaches were good, everything, really.

"I'm getting a feel for the coaches. Me and coach Likens' relationship is building, every day. He's just saying I could come in there and play outside receiver, inside receiver, and how I am, more toward football. How much enthusiasm I have on the field, how much toughness."

If Nailor did eventually decide on the Sun Devils he could reprise a practice battle he grew accustomed to at Gorman, going up against incoming ASU freshman cornerback Alex Perry on a daily basis. 

"Me and Alex are real cool, we used to go at it in practice all the time," Nailor said. "He's real fun to go against and a funny guy."

Gorman went 15-0 last season and won not only a state championship, but a national championship by USA Today, and Nailor was a big part of it. He led the team with nearly twice as many receptions and yards as his next closest teammate, with 52 catches for 929 yards and 14 touchdowns. He hasn't lost a football game since he was on the freshman squad. 

"I'm a guy who likes to get in open space, like to make people miss, get down field, playing for my team," he said. "I look up to Desean Jackson, O'Dell Beckham, Tavon Austin, those types of guys."

Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Fresno State, Hawaii, Michigan State, Nevada, Purdue, UNLV and Wisconsin have also offered a scholarship according to Nailor. 

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"I didn't know it was going to be this stressful," he said of recruiting. "It's real stressful but I'm getting through it. I was saying that I might make my decision late July but now that these offers are picking up, I don't know yet." 

Location isn't a big factor in his recruitment, Nailor said, and he's interested in seeing some of the schools actively recruiting him in other parts of the country. 

"I know I'm going to take a visit to Colorado, Wisconsin, Michigan State, probably Purdue," Nailor said. "I know I'm going to hit Arizona State again for sure. I'm going to take those unofficials, like probably July.

"I'm looking for somewhere I can go in, make an impact early, a good school, nice program where I can get my degree. Hopefully set myself up for the NFL but if not that fall of my degree."

Nailor said he'll decide in July if he's able to make a decision before high school football starts, or if he'll needed additional official visits later in the year. 


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