By this afternoon, versatile Mansfield Legacy safety Jalen Catalon will be committed to the program of his choosing.
On Monday, the four-star talent announced a decision date and time set for Friday, Jan. 18 at 3:15 p.m. CT, when he’ll choose between a final group featuring the Texas Longhorns, Arkansas Razorbacks, TCU Horned Frogs, and Oklahoma Sooners.
I would like to thank every coach and program for recruiting me throughout this process and taking time to invest in me— Jalen Catalon (@jcatalon27) January 14, 2019
Commitment: Jan 18th
Place: Mansfield Legacy HS (main gym)
Family, friends, reporters and the public are all welcomed to come out pic.twitter.com/YClJeSrsbZ
Entering the final few days of Catalon’s recruitment, it appears as if the Longhorns will be left on the outside looking in.
Once considered to be the overwhelming favorite for the two-sport talent, who also aims to play baseball at whichever program he sides with, Texas has hosted Catalon for numerous visits throughout the spring, summer, and on into the season, as he was on hand for the wins over USC and Baylor.
Nevertheless, despite the persistent Texas push and presence throughout Catalon’s recruitment, it was Chad Morris and Arkansas who began to garner the momentum leading up to his Oct. 6 official visit to Fayetteville, and the Razorbacks largely haven’t relented that momentum since. Catalon did return to Texas on Dec. 7 for his official visit, but the Longhorns entered that visit with work to do, and whatever work was done seemingly wasn’t enough.
Rather, Texas now not only appears to be playing catch-up to Arkansas, in part because two of Catalon’s teammates, defensive linemen Taurean Carter and Enoch Jackson, have already signed with the Razorbacks. The Longhorns did enough to finish as a finalist, but it’s quite unlikely that Texas will finish as anything more than a mere finalist once the afternoon hours arrive.
At 5’9, 188 pounds, Catalon is ranked as the nation’s No. 225 player, No. 20 safety, and as the No. 29 player in Texas, per the 247Sports Composite. Though he’s listed as a safety, the Longhorns are recruiting Catalon as a nickel back.