At the beginning of March, Damascus (Md.) four-star athlete Jalen Christian narrowed his extensive offer list, taking the first big step toward his college decision. On March 3, the 5-foot-10, 165-pounder tweeted out a list of his top 11 schools: Duke, Kentucky, Maryland, Nebraska, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Rutgers, South Carolina, Tennessee, Wisconsin and West Virginia, in alphabetical order.
Now, he is thinking about his next round of cuts.
"I am kind of thinking about narrowing it [my list] down again, so there are just a few schools I want to visit and take a look at," Christian said. "I've been talking to my coach and mom, we are looking to maybe visit two colleges on a weekend during my spring break, which is in about two weeks or so.
"I want to narrow it down to maybe three by maybe late spring or early summer," Christian said. "I know spots are filling up so I just want to be able to make the best decision.
He added: "Although I have two or three schools that can wait however long it would take. There aren't a ton of slot receivers, a lot more X and Y guys, but I don't want to put it off."
The Damascus (Md.) product has already visited four schools in his top 11, Maryland, Ohio State, South Carolina, and West Virginia, however, there are three others he hopes to get to before his next trim.
"I want to visit some of these schools that I have interest in to see if I can cancel them out or keep them," Christian said. "Mainly, Tennessee, Kentucky, and I want to get out to Wisconsin because I have a really good relationship with coach [Chris] Beatty."
Christian expanded on his relationship with Wisconsin wide receiver coach Chris Beatty:
""I haven't met him [Beatty] in person, but just from talking to him on the phone, I can tell he is a young person so he can relate really well to me," Christian said. "We talk about a little bit of everything, football, life. We just kind of clicked, and we've had some really good conversations."
Tennessee is another school that has caught Christian's attention.
"They [Tennessee] have had a lot of good receivers come out lately, so that probably my biggest interest in them," Christian said. "I know they pass the ball a lot and everything, so that's why I really want to visit there."
As for the Wildcats, Christian said he has a good relationship with wide receivers coach Tommy Mainord.
"[He] Mainord seems like a cool guy, and I think like how he sees me fitting in on their offense," Christian said. "I think Kentucky is going to do some big things the net couple of years so I want to check them out."
When it does come time for a decision, Christian said has a few key pieces of criteria he will use as a guide.
"Mainly how comfortable I am, because that will be my home for the next three to four years, how the coaches and players interact with each other," Christian said. "The education is important too, I want to major in communications, and do sports broadcasting. So hopefully the school will have a good communications program."
Christian Looking to Trim
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