Commodore fans meet, Jalen Pauling, a 5-foot-9, 165 pound athlete out of Chapin High School. Pauling is another intriguing prospect from the state of South Carolina that the Commodores will be keeping a close eye on this fall. And one of the members from the Vanderbilt coaching staff recently placed a call to Chapin High School to give Pauling's head coach, Justin Gentry, a heads up.
Aside from the recent phone call from Vanderbilt, the rising senior from Chapin has been grasping the attention of several other programs. "Lately it's been Clemson, Coastal Carolina, Duke, South Carolina, Yale, and Cincinnati," Pauling shared with VandyMania.com. "Those are the main ones that I've been hearing from the most."
Puling had the opportunity to camp with three of the schools aforementioned over the summer. The Midland Area standout camped with Coastal Carolina, Charleston Southern, and the University of South Carolina.
Pauling informed VandyMania.com that he would've love to visit/camp with Vanderbilt this summer, but apparently the ‘Dores were not interested in him when he began mapping out his plans back in the spring. He would've been more than honored to take a trip up to Nashville this summer to get a closer look at one of his personal favorites.
"Vanderbilt is a school that I'm very interested in," Pauling said. "They are definitely one of my top three schools. Academically, they are one of the top schools in the country. Football-wise, they compete in the best conference; the SEC."
Clemson and South Carolina are the two remaining programs that round out Pauling's top three. But if the Commodores were to come calling first, Pauling informed us that his recruitment could very well come to an abrupt end. "If I was given the chance to play for Vanderbilt, I would definitely commit right away," Pauling said without hesitation. "I couldn't turn that down. I would have the best of both worlds."
In '09, Pauling recorded 42 tackles, 3 PBUs, and returned a blocked punt for a score on the defensive side of the ball for the Eagles. Offensively he caught 15 passes for 246 yards (16.4 YPC). Overall he received credit for 750 All-purpose yards, and had a total of 4 touchdowns.
Stay tuned with VandyMania.com as we continue to keep track of the gifted speedster out of Chapin High School and his relationship with the ‘Dores. There is much more to come.
Note: In a game against Strom Thurman high school last season, Jalen had 150 All-purpose yards, one kick-off return for a 90 yard touchdown, one blocked punt return for a touchdown, 5 tackles, and 2 PBUs.