KATY — Jalen Milroe is a winner. The junior quarterback from Katy Tompkins led the Falcons to their first playoff appearance in school history as a sophomore. Tompkins is 5-0 with a big showdown against Katy looming on Thursday, and the Texas commit is the biggest reason. Milroe went 6 of 10 for 187 yards and four touchdowns in the recent win over Katy Seven Lakes.
“I’ve improved my leadership by coaching up the young guys,” Milroe said after the win. “Leadership skills are important as an upperclassman quarterback. It comes from preparation and practices throughout the week. We knew it was a great defense we were going against. We just executed.”
The 6-1, 194-pound four-star is the third-ranked dual-threat quarterback in the 2021 class. He’s the second-highest commit in Texas’ 2021 class, which has eight pledges and ranks second in the country. Milroe was the District 19-6A newcomer of the year as a sophomore after totaling 2,000 yards and 20 touchdowns of total offense.
“Jalen is elite, off and on the field. He doesn’t need as much talent around him to win,” said Tompkins teammate Tunmise Adeleye, another four-star prospect in the 2021 class. “Everyone in this city knew he’d be a special player. I’ve played with him since sixth grade and we all knew he’d be something special.”
Milroe committed to Texas on July 21, starting a storm of UT commitments for 2021. He’s a magnet of personality with players from across the city and state, wanting to join him in burnt orange. It’s the unique combination of talent and leadership. Not many teenagers can achieve the feat. Milroe takes it seriously.
“I take a lot of pride in the fact that guys want to play with me,” Milroe said. “I’m trying to do it for the program. I’m just telling guys how we can build something at Texas if we stop moving out of the state and making everyone else look good.”
The future Longhorn is liking what he sees from Texas.
“Sam (Ehlinger) is taking control of the offense. It’s an explosive offense,” he said. “I love the program at Texas. I’m in steady communication with them and I can’t wait to be a Longhorn. I love that Texas is ready to compete with anybody. They play as one unit.”
Milroe is no longer the upcoming sophomore. He’s a known commodity committed to Texas, and that comes with added responsibility.
“I don’t feel the pressure of being committed to Texas. I love having the target on my back,” Milroe said. “Each week, I try to get better.”
He’s also working on making Adeleye, his current teammate, a future teammate.
“Jalen is in my ear about Texas every single day,” Adeleye said. “He plays a big part in my choice, but it is my decision at the end of the day and he understands that.”