Notre Dame Football: What 3-Star WR Jalen Guyton Would Do for Irish

What Would a Commit from Jalen Guyton Do for the Irish?

3/30/14 in NCAAF   |   JonWitte   |   11 respect

On March 21, Allen (TX) three-star wide receiver Jalen Guyton arrived to South Bend for an official visit to Notre Dame. And if the Irish could land his commitment, it would accomplish several things. Blog Photo - Notre Dame Football: What 3-Star WR Jalen Guyton Would Do for Irish

For one, it would kick-start the depth at the wide receiver position for the class of 2015; there are currently four players in the class verbally committed. Guyton isn't the most polished receiver, but at 6-foot-1, he’s got the height to be a vertical threat. The current roster has a ton of depth, and Guyton would keep the depth level up with several seniors playing in their final season in 2014.

Perhaps a more important factor is that adding Guyton would help the Irish continue developing their recruiting presence in Texas, with recent commit Prentice McKinney coming from Dallas. Notre Dame landed three Texas recruits in each of the last two cycles with defensive end Grant Blankenship, linebacker Kolin Hill, and defensive back Nick Watkins for 2014, and wide receivers Torii Hunter Jr., and Corey Robinson, and tight end 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, and are 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 Texas Longhorns 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 it to secure more commits in the future. 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.
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