At the end of March 2014, Allen (Tex.) wide receiver Jalen Guyton made a commitment to Notre Dame. And since that decision, nothing has changed.
Well, perhaps something has, his attitude. And that mindset has him working towards getting on that field as soon as possible once he gets to South Bend. But before he gets there, another state title would be nice.
“Oh yes. We are looking to three-peat,” Guyton said.
And that is a more than attainable goal seeing that the offense returns over half of its players, though the defense will have to seriously reload with only one returning. But winning is the culture at Allen, and Guyton and his crew seem up for the challenge.
Last season, the 6-foot-1, 190-pound Guyton finished with over 40 catches and over 1,000 yards of offense, and as stated, ended with a state title.
“Last year was fun. It was awesome in the end because we won state and that is the ultimate dream for every high school team,” Guyton said.
From a recruiting standpoint, looking back, Guyton had 22 offers when he chose the Irish. Since that day, communication with the coaching staff has been strong. In fact, he mentioned that he was on the phone with the receivers coach discussing his official visit, which will be September 6 when Notre Dame takes on Michigan.
“I keep in touch with the coaches quite a bit. I was just talking with (assistant) coach (Kerry) Cooks about my official (visit) recently,” Guyton said. “I will be in town for the Michigan game. I’m definitely excited about that.”
Since that time, things have been pretty quiet as coaches know that Guyton is a committed player, and a solid one at that. He did mention that he is hearing “a little” from USC and Oregon, but that’s about it.
It seems as though Irish is what he wants. And equally, the coaches want him.
“The coaches say I’m big enough to play outside, but quick enough to play inside. They see me as player with good speed and quickness, with a high ceiling,” Guyton said. “I feel like if I work hard, I’ll be in really great shape and will get the chance to play.”