Jalen Preston morphed into a premier pass-catcher at Manvel High School, and the 4-star prospect announced Saturday he intends to play college ball at Texas A&M.
TexAgs.com relayed video of Preston's decision:
Preston has been a coveted prize in recruiting circles for years, and the rankings bear that out. According to Scout.com, Preston is the 41st-ranked player overall and ninth-ranked receiver among all 2018 recruits.
Preston also clocks in as the No. 2 wideout in the Midland region and the state of Texas.
At 6'2'' and 212 pounds, Preston already has the stature necessary to torch defensive backs. Combine that frame with elite hands and instincts, and you get a prospect who's capable of changing the complexion of his team's offense in the years ahead.
"He has great explosion and can accelerate quickly," Scout's Greg Powers and Gabe Brooks wrote. "He is a tremendous athlete at the receiver position who uses his leaping ability as a basketball standout to make plays on the football field."
Preston will need to climb up a crowded depth chart in College Station, Texas, that already includes 2018 commits Montel Parker and Caleb Chapman, but he has the potential to follow in the footsteps of Mike Evans and break out as a true force along the boundary.
And once he takes advantage of opportunities in head coach Kevin Sumlin's offense, there's no telling how high Preston's ceiling could rise.
A physical force with the ball in his hands who can shed tacklers with ease, Preston looks like a foundational offensive centerpiece who will be able to shoulder a heavy workload once he adjusts to the Aggies' scheme.
Recruit information courtesy of Scout.com.