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Dual-sport athlete Jalen Catalon of Mansfield Legacy is a top priority for the Longhorns. (Mike Craven)


The Dotted Line: Jalen Catalon names top four; Jake Smith earns All-American honors

Posted September 25th, 2018


The day that Texas earned a commitment from one four-star safety in Tyler Owens of Plano East, another four-star safety announced that the Longhorns were among his final four. Mansfield Legacy standout Jalen Catalon, who suffered a season-ending knee injury in the first game of the season, is down to Texas, Arkansas, TCU and Oklahoma. The 5-9, 188-pound prospect also plays baseball and wants to be a two-sport player in college.

Owens joined Chris Adimora as safety commits in the 2019 class. The Longhorns want at least one more and Catalon is the top target, along with Cedar Hill Trinity Christian’s Lewis Cine. Catalon has starred at quarterback and safety during his prep career. He recorded 196 tackles as a sophomore and rushed and passed for more than 1,000 as a junior while contributing on defense. Texas likes him as a safety who can play center field or as a nickel cornerback.


A commitment from Catalon would complete a five-man defensive back class for the Longhorns. Kenyatta Watson II and Marques Caldwell are the two pledges at cornerback and it doesn’t appear the coaching staff is pursuing more options at the position. Players can sign with schools during the 72-hour early signing period that begins on Dec. 19.

Jake Smith earns Under Armour invite

The meteoric rise for the electric Texas commit continued with an official announcement that the four-star wide receiver will join some of the nation’s best 2019 prospects in the Under Armour All-American Game on Jan. 3 in Orlando. Smith, a 6-1, 189-pound playmaker, is the No. 89-ranked prospect in the nation and the No. 17-ranked receiver.

Texas commit Jake Smith at Notre Dame Prep (Ariz.) in August. (Mike Craven)

Last year he became the first player in Arizona to rush and receive for more than 1,000 yards in a season since Christian Kirk. He’s on a blistering pace in his senior season. Smith, who pledged to the Longhorns over USC on June 3, has already scored 19 total touchdowns in five games. His versatility is represented in the stat sheet. He’s scored nine rushing, nine receiving and one kick return touchdown through half of a season. He’s one of three wide receivers committed to Texas.

Smith, Jordan Whittington and Demariyon Houston all project to be slot receivers. Houston could play outside in a Devin Duvernay-type role because of his pure speed, but the Longhorns want a big-bodied wide receiver or two to fill out the class. Bru McCoy, the nation’s No. 1-ranked athlete, is the top target on the board after a successful official visit two weeks ago when Texas took down USC. He was joined on that trip by Marcus Washington, another taller receiver option. Elijah Higgins, a local target from Austin Bowie, is also on the board.

Watson, who is committed to Texas as a cornerback, is also expected to play in the Under Armour All-American Game. As is top inside linebacker target David Gbenda and wide receiver Washington.

2019 Texas Longhorns recruiting class

PlayerPos. SchoolStarsCommitment date
Roschon Johnson QBPort Neches-Groves4July 21 (2017)
T'Vondre Sweat DEHuntsville3Feb. 28
Jordan Whittington WRCuero4March 10
De'Gabriel Floyd OLBWestlake Village (Calif.)4March 31
Kenyatta Watson IIDBGrayson (Ga.)4May 1
Brayden Liebrock TEChandler (Ariz.)3May 8
Tyler JohnsonOLConroe Oak Ridge4May 25
Jared WileyTETemple3May 26
Jake SmithWRNotre Dame Preparatory (Ariz.)4June 3
Peter MpagiDEGeorge Ranch3June 16
Chris AdimoraSMayfair (Calif.)4July 1
Marques CaldwellCBAlvin3July 7
Marcus Tillman Jr.OLBJones (Fla.)3July 28
Javonne ShepherdOTNorth Forest4July 29
Derrian BrownRBBuford (Ga.)4Sept. 16
Tyler OwensSPlano East4Sept. 24
David GbendaILBKaty Cinco Ranch4Sept. 30
Marcus WashingtonWRTrinity Catholic (Mo.)4Oct. 26
Myron WarrenDEMany (La.)3Nov. 19
Jacoby JonesDEButler C.C.3Nov. 21
Caleb JohnsonOLBFullerton College (Calif.)3Dec. 17
Kennedy LewisWRMelissa3Dec. 18
Isaiah HookfinOTFort Bend Dulles4Dec. 21
Bru McCoyATHMater Dei (Calif.)5Jan. 25