BRADENTON, Fla. — Jalen and Jared Mayden played on the same team for three years, and the younger brother said it would be nice to reunite once again when he gets to college.
Jared, who was a 4-star cornerback from Sachse (Texas) High School, signed with Alabama in 2016. Jalen is a 2018 4-star quarterback from Sachse High School who is looking to receive an offer from his brother’s school.
“It would be pretty nice to play with my brother,” Mayden told SEC Country at the IMG 7-on-7 national championships. “If they offered me, I would definitely narrow my schools down to a top five. Alabama would be in the mix.”
Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin traveled to Mayden’s school this spring during the evaluation process, but he did not offer the quarterback. Kiffin told Mayden he’d like for him to come to one of the team’s summer camps in July to work out once again. He did tell the quarterback what he needed to see out of him in order to earn a scholarship offer.
“He feels like I throw naturally, Mayden said. “There are a couple of things he says I need to work on like needing to push off my back foot and drive into some of my throws.”
The Crimson Tide’s current top quarterback target in the 2018 class is Jack West, a 4-star prospect from Saraland (Ala.) High School. West is strongly considering Alabama and Stanford at this time. The majority of his immediate and extended family are Alabama fans, and so is he. The confidence level in projecting West in the 2018 class is high at the moment.
Could Alabama sign both West and Mayden in the 2018 class? It’s not going to be a given even if Mayden is extended an offer.
“Alabama is a top school for sure, but my recruitment is going to come down to who recruits me the hardest,” Mayden said.
Mayden is rated as the nation’s No. 9 dual-threat quarterback and the No. 26 prospect in the state of Texas in the Class of 2018.
All rankings are provided by the 247Sports composite unless otherwise noted.
Chris Kirschner covers Alabama football recruiting for SECCountry.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play in Bryant-Denny.