Guyton preparing to lead

Before he signs his letter of intent to play with Notre Dame in February, Irish wide receiver commit Jalen Guyton will step into an esteemed leadership role as one of the veterans at Allen (Texas) High. He also has a few individual goals in mind.

Winning is something that Irish wide receiver commit Jalen Guyton is familiar with. Last year, Guyton helped perennial powerhouse Allen (Texas) High win its second consecutive state championship in Texas' largest classification. On the season, he caught 42 passes for 1,028 yards (24.4 yards per catch) and 13 touchdowns.

This year, however, the season outlook has a different look to it.

"Last year, we had three seniors at wide receiver and I was the only junior," Guyton said. "Now, the rest will all be younger than me. And, pretty much the entire defense is new. Everyone graduated except for two juniors. On offense, [quarterback] Kyler (Murray) is coming back, but we just have to replace the center on the line."

For Guyton, this means an increased leadership role on one of the top high school programs in the country.

"I can really vouch for Allen's leadership program and how they do a great job of molding us," Guyton said. "At the end of last year, the team votes on 11 people to lead our team throughout the summer. Those 11 guys also go through a leadership course, where the coaches evaluate us in different leadership positions to see how we do and encourage us to step up. They can see how we evolve as leaders, so the team doesn't carry a heavy load right before the year trying to find those leaders. Then, right before the season, they'll pick four of us they think that deserve to be captains."

The 6-foot-1, 193-pound wide out also has a few individual goals in mind.

"Last year I wanted to hit 1,000 yards, and I accomplished that," Guyton said. "This year, I want to be one of the best players in the area and lead the conference in yards. I think I have a good shot at that."

Guyton has a smooth, effortless stride and also relies on sound technical skills to pose a threat at multiple spots on the field.

"I'll play everywhere," he said. "I'm big enough for the outside but quick enough to play inside. That's how the Notre Dame coaches see me as well."

"I'm a player that definitely knows what's going on at all times on the field," Guyton said. "I understand defenses and have a good idea of where a cornerback is going to be. I know how to get open, find holes and run good routes. And, when the time comes on the field, I'm a deep threat, too."

Guyton, who keeps in regular touch with Irish assistant Kerry Cooks, is planning to take his official to Notre Dame the weekend of the Michigan game.

"I'm going up there Sept.7," Guyton said. "[Irish safety commit] Prentice (McKinney) is coming then, too and so is [Irish athlete target] John Humphrey. I can't remember off the top of my head right now, but I feel like every recruit in Texas that's being recruited by Notre Dame is going to make it up for that Michigan game."

Guyton calls himself "100 percent committed" to Notre Dame.

"Right when I first committed, USC and Oklahoma still tried to talk to me, but now it's died out a lot," Guyton said. "They still hit me up once in a while on Twitter or I'll receive mail, but people know I'm 100 percent solid."


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