In-depth player analysis, quotes, recruiting recap and big picture implications for Notre Dame recruiting are broken down below in this commitment analysis of future Irish wide receiver, three-star Jalen Guyton of Allen (Texas) High.
Profile: Jalen Guyton
Position: Wide receiver
Location: Allen (Texas) High
Rank: No. 42 wide receiver, three-star
The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Guyton's offer list is in the teens. He helped Allen win its second consecutive state championship in Texas' largest classification this past fall, when he caught 42 passes for 1,028 yards and 13 touchdowns.
If the 24.4 yards per catch weren't evidence enough, believe me when I tell you that Guyton is a serious deep threat. He has a smooth, effortless gait that appears to deceive cornerbacks and safeties into thinking that he's not racing by them on vertical routes. Guyton often makes subtle movements that sell defensive backs into turning the wrong way or taking a false step, allowing him separation.
Guyton, who Scout.com rates as the nation's No. 42 receiver in the 2015 class, is effective as a screen target as well since he's difficult to corral in the open field. With his frame and athleticism, Guyton should make for a quality college receiver. – Scout.com Midlands analyst Gabe Brooks
***Note: You'll find more player analysis in an in-depth film review still to come.
Look for Notre Dame to take two more wide receivers in this class. With Guyton possessing the versatility to play in the slot or outside as the X, (see Guyton's summary of Denbrock's message to him below) Notre Dame could afford to add a true slot man or a speed-burner on the outside, as well as a hybrid receiver with legit size to finish out the wide receiving corps for this class.
Other top prospects at the position include Miles Boykin
(6'4" from Providence Catholic in Illinois), Cordell Broadus
(will use Notre Dame as one of his five official visits), K.J. Hill
(likely to visit this spring), John Humphrey
(Texas native offered as an athlete), Malik Lovette
(Californian who plans to visit this fall), Ryan Newsome
(tally another one in the Texas column), Alex Ofodile
(visiting for the spring game), and Equanimeous St. Brown
(has Notre Dame in his top three).
Notre Dame's newest commits, safety Prentice McKinney
and wide receiver Jalen Guyton, were both reeled in by Kerry Cooks, who continues to impress in Texas. Despite McKinney and Guyton not having offers from Texas, both have double-digit offer lists and will be under a watchful eye of Charlie Strong & Co. this summer on the circuit and throughout the fall season.
After losing targets tight end Dalton Schultz, cornerback Terrence Alexander, and defensive lineman Solomon Thomas to Stanford in 2014, Notre Dame edged the Cardinal to land Guyton, who named Stanford the runner-up in his decision.
Guyton didn't begin to pick up momentum on the recruiting trail until after bowl season this year. He reeled in offers from Clemson, Texas Tech, Arizona State, Illinois, Ole Miss, Baylor and Ohio State in less than two weeks in mid-January. Notre Dame and Stanford would follow with offers in mid-February.
Guyton took a Midwest tour last week, visiting Northwestern, Notre Dame, and Ohio State, and he's also taken nearby trips to TCU, Texas A&M and Texas this spring. Clemson and Stanford are scheduled for April, but those trips are not going to happen, according to Guyton.
Guyton visited Notre Dame for spring practice with this father, uncle and two cousins. He gave that visit a rave review, and he told Irisheyes.com that Notre Dame was his leader after the visit.
One week later, Guyton decided for Notre Dame. The combination of Notre Dame's spread offense, campus atmosphere and tradition, and worthy degree were the primary selling points that hooked Guyton.
Guyton plans to visit Notre Dame again in less than two weeks for the Blue & Gold game.
"It's a blessing," Guyton said up receiving a Notre Dame offer. "I grew up a Texas fan, but in these last three years, I've kind of broken away and started liking some other schools, and one of them is Notre Dame. I know that even before I was born, Notre Dame was a powerhouse. I really like Golden Tate, too.
"Coach Denbrock talked to me about the type of wide receivers that they are looking for," Guyton said. "They are going to take three in this class. They want one big guy for the outside, a fast guy inside and a hybrid player. Coach Denbrock said that I'm big, but I could also play inside, and he likes that versatility."
"I was on an emotional high during (my visit) and wanted to commit while I was on campus, but I decided to wait and see if anything changed after a week or two passed. I haven't lost any feelings for Notre Dame, and I want to be part of the family."
Notre Dame's wide receiver depth in 2014
Seniors - DaVaris Daniels
, Amir Carlisle (medical RS)
Juniors - Chris Brown
, C.J. Prosise
Sophomores – Corey Robinson
, Will Fuller
Freshmen – Torii Hunter
Jr. (RS), Justin Brent
, Corey Holmes