Four-star Safety Jalen Catalon reflects back on Official Visit to Arkansas

By Otis Kirk

Mansfield (Texas) Legacy four-star safety Jalen Catalon was one of the 10 official visitors to Arkansas this weekend. 

Catlon was at Oklahoma last weekend for an official visit. Following the Arkansas visit, Catalon talked about how it went for him. 

“It was a great visit,” Catalon said. “I got to see everything. The game, the fans were behind Arkansas’ back and I love to see the coaches still believe in the kids and show them that everything will get better. I like what they’re preaching and stuff like that. The game was good, I enjoyed it, and it was something good to watch.”

In addition to the Hogs and Sooners, Catalon is looking at Texas and TCU. Where does Arkansas stand right now?

“That question can’t be answered until I take all of my visits, so that will probably be determined once my commitment is made,” Catalon said. “I can’t really make a statement until I take all of my visits. But it’s a great school, I love what the coaches have going on down here. I really enjoy it down here. The University of Arkansas, I mean, it’s crazy down here for sure, no doubt.”

Will you still be announcing your decision in January?

“Yes, January will be my commitment,” Catalon said. 

As far as the Arkansas visit, what was the one or two highlights that stood out the most to you?

“It’s the atmosphere and the people, the way they ride for the team,” Catalon said. “Arkansas football is where it’s at in Arkansas, so just to see them really ride for their players even when they’re struggling, they’re always behind their back. That’s something I really see and catches my eye, for sure.

“And then what the coaches have going on here, what they’re preaching and stuff like that, it’s a great deal. I enjoyed my visit down here, going to see a lot more academic stuff, but I really enjoyed the game atmosphere, for sure, and what they had to offer.”

Joining Catalon at Arkansas was two of his teammates at Legacy. Defensive lineman Enoch Jackson is committed to the Hogs. Defensive lineman Taurean Carter will announce his decision on Oct. 24. If Carter joins Jackson at Arkansas, what does that do for the chances of the Hogs landing you?

“Those are my brothers,” Catalon said. “We’ve played together for a little while, I love them both to death. I told them if we come on the same field with each other, that’s going to be something special. If we don’t, then we’ve got to go our separate ways, but do what’s best for y’all and do what’s best for each other. That’s what it’s all about, because I want everyone to succeed as much as possible. If we do all come here and play, it’ll be something great, for sure.”


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