Notre Dame Football: What 3-Star WR Jalen Guyton Would Do for Irish
The first is that his commitment would kick-start the depth at the WR position in the class of 2015. There are currently four players in the class verbally committed. The Irish have already scored two offensive linemen in Jerry Tillery and Tristen Hoge. They also have a stud QB in Blake Barnett and this past Friday they added DB Prentice McKinney. Barnett is an offensive playmaker but Guyton would be a solid weapon for him or any other QB under center. He’s not the most polished receiver but at 6’1” he’s got the height to be a vertical threat. The current roster has a ton of WR depth and Guyton would keep the depth level up with several seniors playing in their final season in 2014.
The second, and perhaps more important thing that adding Jalen Guyton would do for the Irish is continue to develop their recruiting presence in Texas, with McKinney also being a Texas native. They landed three Texas recruits in each of the last two cycles with DE Grant Blankenship, LB Kolin Hill, and DB Nick Watkins for 2014 and WR Torii Hunter Jr., WR Corey Robinson, and TE Durham Smythe for 2013. Brian Kelly was only able to bring in three total Texas recruits in his first three classes from 2010-2012.
The state of Texas is a hotbed of talent and both Kelly and Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick have made it a point to develop a presence there. This was the motivation behind playing their annual Shamrock Series game in San Antonio against Washington State in 2009 and in Dallas against Arizona State in 2013. The Irish are also scheduled to return to San Antonio in 2016 to face Army. Having a presence in Texas is also part of the reason Swarbrick scheduled an upcoming home and home series with the University of Texas in 2015 and 2016.
The more recruits Notre Dame can land from Texas, the stronger the pipeline becomes and the easier it will be for them to secure Texas commits in the future. Jalen Guyton already holds offers from Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Baylor and TCU, essentially every major in-state program except for the Longhorns. He also holds an offer from Oklahoma, who has long held a firm grasp on Texas talent behind UT. Whenever Notre Dame is able to beat out the regional powers for a recruit, it sends a message that the Irish are a major player.
The more recruits Notre Dame can land from Texas, the stronger the pipeline becomes and the easier it will be for them to secure Texas commits in the future. The addition of Jalen Guyton would go to further that objective along with adding a quality WR to the roster