Manvel (Texas) is notorious for top-tier high school football players, and 2018 will be no different. At 6-foot-2, 210-pounds, you will be hard-pressed to find a better football player than Jalen Preston. The multi-talented superstar could play safety or wide receiver at the next level.
“I’ve been to Texas on a few occasions,” Jalen Preston said. “I loved the atmosphere on game day for both football and basketball, I was in awe. I’ve only met Coach Strong once, but my first impression of him was good. The coach that I normally contact is no longer at UT, but I plan to get up to Austin a couple of times this season and get to know everyone.”
Preston is a superb athlete playing all over the field for Manvel. He understands how fortunate he is to be in this position with his junior and senior years still to play.
“I feel blessed and very excite to actually know some of these college coaches,” Preston said. “I go to a high school with so many talented players which gives me the opportunity to be seen by numerous coaches. It’s nothing to have five to 10 college coaches at a Manvel practice.”
Why is he one of the best players in America?
“I believe my strengths as a p layer are my vision on the field, speed mixed with power and my determination to win every battle,” Preston said. “There are plenty of things I need to keep working on and one of them is my route running and timing which I am working on with my coaches at Manvel and the footwork king Rishad Whitfield.”
Preston would like to visit as many games as possible, time permitting.
“A few games I would like to attend this year, Houston Cougars vs. Oklahoma Sooners, Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Oklahoma, Texas A&M Aggies vs. Mississippi Rebels, Texas vs. TCU Horned Frogs, LSU Tigers vs. Alabama Crimson Tide and Florida Gators vs. Florida State Seminoles,” Preston said. “Would love to visit Oregon Ducks, Florida Gators, Alabama Crimson Tide, Ohio State Buckeyes, Michigan Wolverines, there’s so many.”
Preston will project as a wide receiver on the next level, but playing on one of the most stacked teams in the nation in 2015 he got the chance to show on tape just what type of football player he is. He made plays in all phases wherever he got the opportunity to make them. He has great explosion and can accelerate quickly. He is a tremendous athlete at the receiver position who has an above average leaping ability and has been making the necessary progressions at the receiver position to be considered as an elite level prospect there. He should be one of the most dangerous weapons in the state. - Greg Powers
Inside the Numbers
Scout Overall Rank No 22
Position Rank No 3
Midland WR Rank No 1
Texas WR Rank No 1null