Jaylen Waddle (© Greg Powers)

Texas Longhorns High on 2018 4-Star WR Jaylen Waddle

The Texas staff is working hard on the recruiting trail, and one prospect to watch is four-star wide receiver Jaylen Waddle.

First-year head coach Tom Herman and his staff have been hitting the recruiting trail since the end of Texas Longhorns spring football. 

Jaylen Waddle is a guy Texas is recruiting hard, and would be a huge addition to the Longhorns' 2018 class if they can land the speedy wideout.

Waddle displayed his speed last weekend at the Team Texas Classic in Houston, when he helped lead his 7-on-7 team, Fast Houston, to multiple wins. He is every bit as speedy as his verified 4.52, and quite frankly, at times looked faster when I saw him in person.

The Longhorns staff are going after Waddle, and from what I am hearing, it sounds like he is listening.

This is a recruitment Texas fans will want to follow moving forward.


Scout Evaluation

Jaylen Waddle is an electric playmaker in Texas' private school football who has verified speed in the low 4.5's. Waddle lacks ideal size and will need to bulk up once he's in college, but he possesses athleticism that is hard to come by. He flashes impressive short-area burst to separate from defenders in the vertical passing game and also free himself from would-be tacklers in close quarters. He's a player who owns both good top-end speed and impressive lateral mobility. Waddle can take the top off a defense from an outside receiver position, or turn short gains into big plays in the screen game and short middle thanks to his elusiveness and speed. Despite being a slot-sized receiver, Waddle can sometimes go up and win balls over defenders. Waddle will garner Power Five conference recruiting attention because of his skill set, which also translates to special teams in the return game. He's one of the more fun players to watch in Texas for the 2018 class. -- Gabe Brooks, Midlands Recruiting Analyst.


  • Downfield Threat
  • Elusiveness with Catch
  • Quickness off Line
  • Slot Ability
  • Speed

Areas to Improve

  • Size
  • Strength

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