Claiborne Visiting Houston Soon

If you're looking for a highly-skilled 2011 talent who remains a sleeper in the recruiting world, then Carthage WR Jalen Claiborne is your man. With Claiborne hauling in catch-after-catch, the Bulldogs captured state titles in each of the past three years. Read further to get the details on Claiborne's upcoming official visit to Houston and his thoughts on winning yet another state title.

Jalen Claiborne has repeatedly proven himself on the field, but he's gone largely unnoticed on the recruiting scene. However, the Carthage wide receiver is taking an official visit to Houston soon, and he's hopeful that an offer may be in the works.

"I'm visiting Houston on January 21st," he said. "They haven't really said that they're going to offer, but I think they might offer then. I really want to go there, because that's where all of my family went to school.

"ULM made me a verbal offer awhile back, but I haven't heard from them lately. I'm not really hearing from anybody, other than Houston and some smaller schools."

The program that eventually lands Claiborne will get an extremely productive receiver. As a senior, he caught 104 passes for 1,571 yards with 18 touchdowns. As a junior, Claiborne led the Bulldogs to a perfect 16-0 mark, catching 58 passes for 1,050 yards and 14 TDs.

He was the first Carthage player to ever break the 1,000-yard plateau in receiving, and the 5-foot-10, 170-pounder has always come up with monumental efforts in the big games.

For example, Claiborne caught 8 passes for 159 yards and a score in Carthage's 2009 state championship win over Graham, and last month he could not be stopped in the title game vs. Coldspring-Oakhurst (6 rec., 163 yards, 3 TDs).

"The last championship felt the best out of all of them - probably because it's the last one for me," Claiborne said. "We planned to throw on them in that game, because we expected their safeties to fly up in order to stop the run."

In the semifinals, Carthage pulled off what most people felt was an upset, knocking previously-undefeated Brownwood out of the playoffs. In that game, Claiborne caught 4 passes for 77 yards and a TD.

"We just moved the ball on them by playing our game," explained Claiborne. "They were a great team, but we were the better team."


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