Dalton Has A Plan

ASHEVILLE, N.C. --- While many 2015 prospects have already verbally committed or have at least announced a more manageable list of schools under consideration, Jalen Dalton has opted for a different approach.

With over two dozen scholarship offers, that approach created a hectic scene at West Forsyth High School throughout the Spring Evaluation Period.

Thus, Dalton, a 6-foot-6, 233-pound defensive end, has a plan to regain control of his recruitment.

"I know my parents and coach said we're going to sit down the first of next week and talk about where we need to get to," Dalton said. "We're going to take a couple of visits and then I'll probably have a top five possibly. And then at the beginning of the season, I'll have it down to a top three or so. And then I'm looking to commit around mid-season after I take a few official [visits]."

Dalton says that Florida State, North Carolina, and Virginia Tech are virtual locks to make the cut to five.

"It's mainly coaching staff and when I get there I just have a great vibe," Dalton said. "I haven't had a bad time at Carolina, yet. Florida State, my position coach, he's incredible. And then Virginia Tech, their defense is always top."

Dalton is already in the planning stages for trips to both UNC and Virginia Tech. He'll likely visit UNC for Fedora's Freak Show.

Specifically with UNC, Dalton communicates with Keith Gilmore, the Tar Heels' defensive line coach who happens to also recruit Forsyth County. Dalton says the two speak at least every other week, but usually once a week.

"Mainly when we talk, it's just him checking up on me," Dalton said. "We talk football stuff here and there, but it's just mainly getting me on campus and how they can develop me."

A lot of rumors have surrounded Dalton and fellow four-star defensive lineman Shy Tuttle coming together and selecting a school.

"There's possibly a package deal – possibly," Dalton said. "We're good friends, so why not play college together? If he commits to a school [first], it's not definite that I'll go there. And if I commit to a school, it's not definite that he'll follow me. But there's been a little talk here and there."

Dalton says that he doesn't have a clue where Tuttle is leaning.

"I just leave it up to him," Dalton said. "We talk here and there about coaching staffs. I know he likes Florida a lot and Carolina."

At the end of the football season, Dalton and Tuttle have to put their friendship aside. North Davidson, Tuttle's school, and West Forsyth are conference rivals and end the regular season against one another.

"It's always just when you step on the field, you don't really have friends," Dalton said. "Everybody is an opponent, so you treat them like an opponent and play hard against them. But after the game is over, we can be friends. We're rarely on the field together. He gets in on his goal line [package], but they didn't have that much against us because we had to shut them down."

In 2013, West Forsyth and North Davidson's meeting ultimately determined the Central Piedmont Conference title. West won, 17-14.

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