Dalton Remains High on UNC

CLEMMONS, N.C. --- After participating in Fedora's Freak Show in June, Jalen Dalton, one of the top 2015 in-state prospects, took a break from recruiting visits. He plans to return to the road very soon.

"Right now, I'm trying to plan some college games to go to," Dalton said. "But I haven't set my schedule up yet."

Dalton, a 6-foot-6, 228-pound defensive end from West Forsyth, lacks definite plans but has his eyes on visiting Clemson, Florida State, UNC, and South Carolina for games.

In the meantime, Dalton will enjoy watching games at home starting with the season opener between North Carolina and South Carolina on Thursday night.

"That's the big game right now," Dalton said. "There's going to be two great defensive lines, so I'm just going to watch them and see what happens."

With the addition of Alabama a few weeks ago, Dalton's scholarship offer count has reached 15 schools. The new addition hasn't changed the fact that Dalton doesn't claim any favorites. However, he did mention that UNC, the school he has visited the most, has grabbed his attention.

"Carolina is at the top somewhere," Dalton said. "There's no number right now. Coach [Keith] Gilmore, he sends players to the NFL and that's where I want to go."

Dalton says he hasn't spoken to Gilmore or any recruiters in a couple of months. His focus has been preparing for his junior season, which is his first as a game one starter. He was primarily a reserve for West Forsyth as a sophomore and earned a spot in the starting lineup midway through that season.

With Dalton starting at weak-side end, West Forsyth opened up with a 28-0 victory over Asheville (N.C.) Reynolds on Friday night.

"It was great," Dalton said. "I felt like I had the team on my back. It was a good weight to carry."

Dalton ended the game with six tackles – most of which occurred in the first half before a downpour of rain.

"The first half was dry and everybody made their tackles," Dalton said. "The second half, everybody was slipping, so we had to make sure we wrapped up. It was tough to gain traction.

"I feel like I had a pretty good first half, but I let up the second half. I don't know why. I just have to keep getting better and that will be something I work on."

In the opposing backfield was Jave Jones, another '15 prospect with a UNC offer. Dalton said part of West Forsyth's game plan was stopping Jones as much as possible.

"He's a good running back – physical and quick," Dalton said. "He's shifty, so I made sure to chop my feet, get square, and wrap up."

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