Notre Dame wide receiver commit Jalen Guyton has helped lead Allen (Texas) High to a 4-0 start by producing big numbers on Friday night. He talks about his senior season success thus far, recaps his Notre Dame official visit and explains what's got him watching more college football than usual.
Before the start of his senior season, Notre Dame
wide receiver commit Jalen Guyton
said it was his goal to be one of the best wide receivers in Texas during his final year of high school. So far, he's on pace to earn that recognition.
Guyton has posted eight touchdowns through four games and is quickly approaching the 500 mark in all-purpose yards. National powerhouse Allen (Texas) High is off to a 4-0 start.
"Obviously, a lot of it is hard work," Guyton said. "But, I've got to give a lot of credit to my team. It takes a lot to get to 4-0. It's definitely been a team effort. A lot of people didn't think we were going to perform this year like the old Allen Eagles, but we've done a great job so far."
"Every time I step on the field, whether it's practice or a game, I try to improve. I give myself no other choice."
As a result of Guyton's early season success, he's preparing for how opposing teams will attempt to shut him down going forward.
"It's becoming a catch-22 type of thing," Guyton said. "The first game, I saw a lot of man coverage, and I did a good against it. In the second game, we saw a lot of cover two. But, if you try to take away me and focus on me too much, then we'll beat you with our other receivers. You can't double me because we are deep at wide receiver and have a great quarterback."
Last Friday night in a comfortable win over Plano (Texas) High, Guyton caught nine passes for 178 yards and one touchdown.
"A majority of what I'm doing is catching deep balls, I would say," Guyton said. "But, in the last game, the longest catch I had was about 37 yards. Most of what I did was big runs after the catch. I scored a touchdown off a tunnel screen, and I also had a catch and run for about 67 yards."
Due to personnel attrition the Eagles have faced on special teams, Guyton has also been deemed the primary kick off returner. He's already taken two to the house, including an 89-yard return for touchdown in game three of the season.
"I'll do anything to help the team," Guyton said. "It's something fun and different right now in high school, but at Notre Dame they may have guys better suited for that, like [Irish wide receiver commit] C.J. (Sanders)."
Guyton was able to meet Sanders during his official visit to Notre Dame when the Irish took on Michigan.
"I already knew [Irish safety commit] Prentice (McKinney) since we had taken a visit to Notre Dame at the same time before," Guyton said. "I got to meet C.J., and he's we're really cool now. I'm also really glad I got to meet Nicco (Fertitta), Miles Boykin
and Tristen Hoge
"It was great," Guyton said. "A lot of people say that we play in front of big crowds in Texas, and at our state championship last year, we had about 56,000. But, Notre Dame plays in front of over 80,000, and it's completely different. It was awesome."
Another player Guyton was able to connect with during the visit was Notre Dame's No. 1 running back target in 2015, Sotonye Jamabo
of Plano (Texas) West.
"He actually only lives about 10 minutes from me," Guyton said. "At the end of the game, we were all getting ready to go into the locker room, and I asked him what he thought. He was like, 'It's crazy.' I knew where he was coming from because he plays for a small school in Texas."
"He said that it was down to Notre and UCLA, which I think is pretty much general knowledge at this point."
The 6-foot-1, 190-pound wide out says Notre Dame's hot start has him anxious to get on campus.
"I've never been the kid to really sit down and watch games all day," Guyton said. "But, recently it's changed. I've been paying attention a lot and watching especially Notre Dame's wide receivers super hard to see what I need to work on. I've always been a deep threat, and Notre Dame does that, but they also get the ball off slants, and they get tackled inside. It's crazy to think I'l be there in less than a year, and I want to make sure I'm ready. Watching them play gives me something to look forward to getting better at, and it has me really excited for next year."
Tonight (Friday), Guyton and the Eagles will attempt to go 5-0 when they travel to Flower Mound (Texas) Marcus for a conference matchup.
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