The Longhorns are yet to gain a commitment from a DFW product in the 2019 class. Texas hopes that changes when Jalen Catalon, a four-star safety from Mansfield Legacy, picks a school. Catalon is one of a handful of DFW-area targets on the Texas radar, as Tom Herman and his staff focus most of its efforts in the 2019 cycle on the Houston area and out of state.
Catalon released his final eight schools Thursday night and included the Longhorns along with TCU, Clemson, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Alabama and Ohio State. He is No. 19 on the initial 2019 Fabulous 55 and was the AP Class 5A Defensive Player of the Year as a sophomore after recording 196 tackles. Catalon rushed and passed for more than 1,000 yards as a junior from the quarterback position while chipping in with more than 100 tackles on defense.
The 5-foot-9 prospect can play safety or in the nickel. He’s also a potential candidate to help in the return game. Texas’ lone defensive back commitment of the 2019 class is Grayson (Ga.) cornerback Kenyatta Watson II. Catalon, along with California native Chris Adimora, are the top two targets for Texas at safety.
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