Claiborne checks out SMU

Carthage High School WR Jalen Claiborne was one of the prospects in attendance at yesterday's SMU victory over Washington State. What did Claiborne think about the game and how is his senior season going thus far?

Carthage wide receiver Jalen Claiborne led his team to a state championship last year on SMU's home field, and the senior prospect returned to Dallas yesterday afternoon to watch the Mustangs defeat Washington State.

"I'm being recruited by Coach (Adrian) Klemm," said Claiborne, who has five TDs and 400 yards receiving in four games this year for his team. "He told me that he had been looking for outside receivers, but now he's looking for slot receivers.

"SMU, Houston, ULM, New Mexico, and Texas State are recruiting me, with SMU, Houston, and ULM recruiting me the hardest. I hope that SMU offers me."

Last year, Carthage went 16-0 and the defending 3A Division II state champions began the 2010 season with a 2-0 mark, but the Bulldogs have dropped two in a row - heading into into this Friday's game vs. Center.

"We're still staying positive," said Claiborne, who was named as one of the top performers among all classifications at the Fox Sports state 7-on-7 tourney last summer in College Station. "We know that we can't win them all, and we just need to get back to doing what we have to do.

"We got away from that the past two weeks. We haven't been as sharp as we're used to being at Carthage. The receivers aren't doing everything that we're supposed to do, and we haven't been clicking with the quarterback."

Claiborne rewrote the Carthage school record book for receivers last year, catching 58 passes for 1,050 yards and 14 TDs.

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