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Notre Dame Football Recruiting

2023 WR Jaylen Anderson Worth Watching

July 24, 2019

Jaylen Anderson’s recruitment hasn’t truly begun yet, but it’s coming.

The 2023 Texas wide receiver turned heads at TCU’s camp this offseason and it’s only a matter of time before he attracts even more attention.

“I just can’t wait until it happens…Just keep training and become the best I can be,” Anderson told Irish Sports Daily of his current focus. “Really, that’s it.”

The 5-foot-11, 160-pounder from Nolan Catholic High School clocked a 4.6 in the 40-yard dash at the Horned Frogs’ camp and also stood out during receiver drills.

“It was cool,” Anderson said. “They put me over with the older boys and let me get some reps with them. That was real fun.

“It just had my heart pounding and I was thinking, ‘Thank you for giving me a chance. Let me make the most of it real quick.’ I thought, ‘I’ve just got to keep going. I’ve just got to keep working.’”

Anderson’s route-running and ability to get open have helped

“It’s just the small things, the little small things I’ve got to fix,” he said. “I’ll get it down.”

Anderson is looking forward to the upcoming season with Nolan Catholic.

“We’re definitely going to be a good team,” he said, listing quarterback Jimmy Taylor and a cast of seniors, including defensive backs Jason Kerl and Spencer Roof and wide receiver Brandon Chatman as players who will help lead the squad.

“It’s awesome, awesome. Everybody works together and we just keep pushing each other in the weight room.”

Anderson is familiar with Notre Dame since former Nolan Catholic defensive end NaNa Osafo-Mensah is currently in South Bend while the Irish are also recruiting his classmate, 2022 running back Emeka Megwa.

“I know a little bit,” said Anderson. “I know they’re a pro-style team and the education is very prestigious, so it’s very high.”

Anderson, who would like to be a doctor or an athletic trainer, says he’d like to play in a pro-style offense that throws the ball a lot. That will be important to him when it comes time to choose a school along with the education.

One thing that won’t play a factor is geography.

“No sir. Not a problem.”

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