Notre Dame WR commit Guyton getting after it this summer
During conversations with other players he's met on the recruiting trail, Notre Dame wide receiver commit Jalen Guyton gets the sense that the daily throwing sessions he has with his high school quarterback are a bit of a rarity.
"I talk to other receivers and they just say they're not necessarily out catching balls with their quarterback every day," Guyton said, "because the quarterbacks just really aren't feeling it."
Guyton's is feeling it, and the effort has paid dividends. Calling the signals this year at Allen (Texas) High is Kyler Murray, a five-star prospect who is committed to Texas A&M. The Allen-to-Guyton connection, one high-Division-I prospect to another, may be one of the most talented in high school football.
"I feel like, outside of sheer athletic ability, the best thing about it is he's willing to work and he's willing to go out when everybody's sitting at home. Or when it's scorching hot here in Texas, he's willing to go outside, he'll hit me up, he knows I'm always down to throw and we'll go and get after it," Guyton said. "That's kind of one of the better qualities."
The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Guyton has some pretty strong qualities himself. As a junior, he caught 42 passes for 1,028 yards and 13 touchdowns. His time in the 40-yard dash has been reported at 4.4 seconds.
Still, the offseason has been spent with eyes on 2014 rather than peeking back at 2013.
"There's always stuff that can be improved on, no matter what level; but more specifically just being the all-around receiver this year because last year I kind of more played the deep threat and then occasionally I'd catch a couple of other passes," said Guyton, a three-star prospect according to 247Sports. "But then since this year I feel I'm kind of going to be more the primary guy and just work on the intermediate catches."
One area in which Guyton excels is knowledge of routes and reading defenses.
"I feel like one thing I can do better than most receivers is read the defense and I can tell kind of what coverage they're in. I can tell if they're in man, if they're in zone — I can pick out the holes in the zone," Guyton said. "I feel like I just kind of play smart, I know what to expect and I'm never really caught off guard by anything. I can study my opponent, so at the end of the day I'm ready to go and I'm not surprised by anything and I'm ready to go to work on them."
Notre Dame, with 17 commits, sits at No. 13 in the 247Sports and Rivals team recruiting rankings for 2015. CBS Sports Network recruiting analyst Tom Lemming said this week that if signing day were today, the Irish would finish somewhere between 15 and 25. Alabama, with 21 commits, sits atop both the 247 and Rivals rankings.
Top 3 for Coney
Te'von Coney, a 2015 linebacker target, tweeted out a top three of Florida, Notre Dame and Miami on Tuesday night. Following the Irish Invasion in late June, Coney was asked about where ND stands in comparison to other schools.
"They sit at the top," Coney said.
Coney, a 6-1, 220-pounder from Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., made his first visit to ND for the Irish Invasion camp.
Peeking further ahead
Antwuan Jackson, a 2016 defensive tackle from Ellenwood, Ga., recently reported an offer from Notre Dame.
The 6-2, 265-pound Jackson was offered by USC on Tuesday.
Tribune Staff Writer Tyler James contributed to this story.