Jalen Dalton played the first month or so for the Junior Varsity team in 2012.
After being out of town and missing some practice time in August, he had to catch up, learn the terminology, and know his responsibilities before moving up to the Varsity.
Once Dalton moved up, it was on.
The 6-foot-6, 223 pound athlete out of Clemmons (N.C.) West Forsyth was living in the opposing backfield, chasing quarterbacks out of the pocket, and making plays behind the line of scrimmage.
No offers came last fall, but the ball got rolling this spring.
Virginia was first to offer and many others have followed.
"West Virginia, Michigan, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Florida State, Duke, Clemson, East Carolina, Virginia, Virginia Tech, South Carolina, and maybe one or two more have offered me now," Dalton told Scout.
"Coaches like my length, my speed, and my frame. They tell me that they really like how they see me growing into my frame. They think I could do a lot of good things in the future."
A couple of weeks ago, the rising junior hit the road for the first time this summer and he visited three schools.
He talks a little about each school here:
Florida: "The coaching staff really stood out to me there. I really like Coach Lawing a lot and it was a good trip. I got to see some things and they play in a great conference (SEC), so I like that too."
Florida State: "The campus at FSU is beautiful. I really liked the environment there and I was treated very nice there. I like the attention I got and it is a school I like a lot."
Tennessee: "My trip to Tennessee was outstanding. Their new facilities are top of the line and they have a lot of history there. I like the energy of the coaches there too."
A week after traveling to Gainesville, Tallahassee, and Knoxville, Dalton visited a couple of ACC schools a little closer to home.
He camped at one and hung out at the other.
Clemson was the school he spent time at first.
"I did not camp, I just visited, and I like the campus at Clemson a lot. It is very beautiful there and I like the coaches there too. I talk to Coach Hobby and Coach Brooks a lot and they are both great guys. The coaching staff is what stands out to me most right now."
From Clemson, he traveled to Chapel Hill.
"It was electric at North Carolina. I did the camp there and it was awesome. I liked the energy there, the music, and just the environment that was created for us. Coach Gilmore is the new defensive line coach and we got along great. I like him, I like what the coaches are doing there, and it is nice that it is not too far from home."
So far each school Dalton has visited this summer has shown him something different and each school has impressed him in some way.
When asked about early favorites, Dalton paused, and said, "Not really. I am evaluating them all right now and I see things that I like, but all are even for me."
He went on to say that his relationships with the coaches and the schools location will play a role in his decision. He wants his family to be able to make a one day trip to see him play.
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