Manvel's Jalen Preston competes at The Opening in Houston Feb. 4. (Mike Craven)

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Scouting the Fabulous 55: No. 5, wide receiver Jalen Preston

In a year with several big-time wide receiver prospects in the state, Manvel's Preston may be at the top of the list.

Posted March 2nd, 2017

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Taking a closer look at our initial 2018 Fabulous 55 list of the state’s top recruits:

No. 5: Jalen Preston, WR, Manvel

FYI: 6-2/207; 4-stars

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Texas offer: Yes

Top offers: Texas A&M, Oregon, Oklahoma, Baylor, Georgia

College: Undecided

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Scouting Preston: Preston looks like a linebacker prospect — until he runs routes and his athleticism is on full display. His physical maturity makes him a mismatch against most prep defensive backs. He’s simply stronger than most teenagers and he uses that strength to create space and catch balls in traffic. He also has the speed to beat teams vertically, making him the most well-rounded receiver prospect in the state. He runs crisp routes, has consistent hands and can win with any route in the passing tree. His athleticism also allows him to line up at numerous receiver spots, though he fits best as an outside receiver.

The four-star talent holds 21 offers and is ranked the No. 5 wide receiver in the nation and is a consensus national top 100 player. Preston started his varsity career as a sophomore, but came to age his junior year when he caught 33 passes for 664 yards and 10 touchdowns and added two punt returns and a kick return for a score. Manvel’s offense isn’t designed for receivers to rack up huge numbers, so his production isn’t alarming. This is a loaded class for wide receiver; Preston’s arguably the best of the bunch.

The 2018 Fabulous 55

RANKPLAYERPOS.HIGH SCHOOLCOLLEGE
55.Tommy BushWRSchertz ClemensUndecided
54.Chasen HinesOLMarshall (5A)LSU
53.Jaquayln CrawfodATHRockdale (3A)Undecided
52.Julon WilliamsATHConverse Judson (6A)Undecided
51.Trent GordonCBManvel (5A)Penn State
50.Keaontay IngramRBCarthage (4A)Texas
49. Tanner McCalisterCBRockwall-Heath (6A)Undecided
48.Ke'von AhmadWRColleyville Heritage (5A)Undecided
47.Trey StratfordOTAllen (6A)Undecided
46.Tanner MordecaiQBWaco Midway (6A)Oklahoma
45.Jaylon RobinsonATHFort Worth Paschal (6A)Oklahoma
44.Quandree WhiteATHCollege Station (5A)Undecided
43.Miles BattleWRCypress Creek (6A)Undecided
42.Zadock DinkelmannQBSomerset (4A)Undecided
41.Jordon AustinCBLancaster (5A)Oklahoma
40.Tyrese HeardSTeague (3A)UAB
39.Trevon Moehrig-WoodardCBSmithson Valley (6A)TCU
38. Joshua FleeksWRCedar Hill (6A)Baylor
37. Jarell CherryDEDallas Carter (6A)LSU
36.Drue JacksonWRGarland Sasche (6A)Undecided
35.D'shawn JamisonCBHouston Lamar (6A)Undecided
34. Verone McKinley IIICBLewisville Hebron (6A)Undecided
33. Calvin AveryDTDallas Bishop Dunne (TAPPS) Undecided
32.Montel ParkerWRDickinson (6A)Texas A&M
31.Chad BaileyLBFort Bend Ridge Point (6A)Undecided
30. Isaiah HumphriesSGarland Sachse (6A)Penn State
29. Leon O'Neal Jr.SCypress Springs (6A)Texas A&M
28. Erik EzukanmaWRKeller Timber Creek (6A)Undecided
27. Jaylen WaddleWRBellaire Episcopal (SBC)Undecided
26. Stanley HackettRBPasadena Rayburn (6A)Undecided
25.Cam'ron JonesSMansfield (6A)Undecided
24. Craig WilliamsRBCrosby (5A)Undecided
23. Luke MatthewsOTFort Bend Elkins (5A)Texas A&M
22. Spencer SandersQBDenton Ryan (5A)Oklahoma State
21.Atanza VongorSSouth Grand Prairie (6A)TCU
20.Jordan MooreSYoakum (3A)Texas A&M
19. Bobby BrownDTArlington Lamar (6A)Undecided
18. Gabriel DouglasWRDenton Ryan (5A)Texas Tech
17.Bumper PoolLBLucas Lovejoy (5A)Arkansas
16.Alston OrjiLBRockwall (6A)Vanderbilt
15. Colten BlantonOTCypress Ranch (6A)Texas A&M
14. Jalen MaydenQBGarland Sachse (5A)Miss. State
13. Al'Vonte WoodardWRHouston Lamar (6A)Texas
12. Brennan EaglesWRAlief Taylor (6A)Texas
11. Keondre CoburnDTSpring Westfield (6A)Undecided
10. Mustapha MuhammadTEFort Bend Ridge Point (6A)Undecided
9. Jalen GreenCBHouston Heights (6A)Texas
8.Barton ClementOLFort Bend Marshall (5A)Texas A&M
7. Darrell SimpsonOTNorthwest (5A)Undecided
6.Malcolm EppsTESpring DeKaney (6A)Undecided
5. Jalen PrestonWRManvel (5A)Undecided
4.Caden SternsSCibolo Steele (6A)Texas
3. Max WrightDEKaty Taylor (6A)Texas A&M
2.BJ FosterSAngleton (5A)Texas
1. Anthony CookCBHouston Lamar (6A)Undecided

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