By Otis Kirk
Mansfield (Texas) Legacy defensive back Jalen Catalon announced, as expected, for Arkansas on Friday afternoon.
Catalon, 5-10, 175, chose the Razorbacks over Texas, TCU and Oklahoma. He joins his defensive linemen teammates at Legacy Enoch Jackson Jr. and Taurean Carter as Razorbacks. Carter and Jackson signed with the Hogs on Dec. 19. The trio officially visited Arkansas the Oct. 6 weekend when the Hogs hosted Alabama.
He also took weekend official visits to his other three finalists. He was at Texas on Dec. 7, Oklahoma Sept. 28 and TCU Jan. 11.
Catalon was limited to one game as a senior due an injury he suffered against Jenks (Okla.) in the season opener. However, Mark Smith and Arkansas’ coaches never relented and kept recruiting him extremely hard. Smith, Chad Morris and others did an in-home visit with Catalon on Thursday.
In the one game in 2018, Catalon played quarterback. He completed 5-8 passes for 70 yards and an interception while also rushing three times for 22 yards and a touchdown.
It was in 2017 that Catalon put on a show for Legacy fans and the recruiters. He helped lead the team to a 12-3 record playing both ways. On offense, Catalon completed 61 of 116 passes for 1,120 yards, 15 touchdowns and four interceptions. He rushed 104 times for 919 yards and 13 touchdowns. He caught one pass for 23 yards.
He returned nine punts for 110 yards and a touchdown. On defense, Catalon had 93 tackles, 70 unassisted, six tackles for loss, three interceptions, a trio of pass breakups, one forced fumble and four fumble recoveries.
Catalon is a four-star recruit with Rivals, ESPN, 247Sports and the 247Composite. He is one of two safeties now committed in the Class of 2019 for the Hogs. Pflugerville (Texas) Hendrickson safey Myles Brooks is also an Arkansas commitment.
The talented Catalon will now join junior Kamren Curl and sophomores Myles Mason and Joe Foucha along with junior Micahh Smith as scholarship safeties in 2019.
Catalon is the eighth recruit from Texas in this Arkansas recruiting class. In addition to the other pair from Legacy, Arkansas also signed Tyler Lee offensive lineman Beaux Limmer, Jefferson wide receiver T.Q. Jackson and Richmond Fort Bend Travis linebacker Zach Zimos on Dec. 19. Arkansas also landed former Waco Midway and SMU quarterback Ben Hicks to enroll at midterm. In addition to Catalon, Arkansas is also looking to sign Brooks on Feb. 6.
Catalon is also a talented outfielder in baseball and he has the option of playing that in college as well. Quarterback Connor Noland is also a member of the Razorback baseball team.