Jalen Wydermyer will be making some D-I school’s quarterback and offensive coordinator very happy in the next few years. The class of 2019 tight end from Dickinson, Texas earned first-team all-district honors after racking up nearly 900 scrimmage yards in 2017.
Wydermyer is everything a college coach could want in a tight end. He’s tall, fast, tough, loves to block and is electric with the ball in his hands. The tight end position was a natural fit for Wydermyer, who gets to, “show my aggressiveness but also catch the ball.”
“I might not have the fastest 40-time or the most stars, but when I put on the pads, I’m a problem for the opponent,” he told Armchair. The ultra-competitive Wydermyer has a 10-minute highlight reel from the 2017 season that showcases just how much of a physical force he is on the field. Whether he was catching the ball, breaking tackles or making running lanes for ball carriers, he was involved in every play.
Wydermyer also has the right mentality to excel in the college football world. He is a hard-nosed kid who embraces the toughness of the sport. Plus, has just the right amount of swagger. When his college career is complete, Wydermyer hopes to have cemented his legacy upon whatever school he attends. “When I leave I want them [fans] to remember me every time they go to the stadium, thinking to themselves, ‘Jalen Wydermyer played here.’”
Most importantly, Wydermyer fully understands what is at stake if his goals don’t pan out. The tight end told Armchair that his parents can’t afford to put him through college, so football is his best route to getting an education. “My biggest influence are my parents,” Wydermyer said. “They have always been there for me and always will be.” His hopes to repay them for their years of support and guidance only add additional fuel to his grind.
Wydermyer holds an impressive list of scholarship offers that includes national blue-bloods like Miami, Texas A&M, Alabama, Florida and Georgia, to name a few. He told Armchair he hasn’t started trimming down his list quite yet.
“My dream is to play football. [It] doesn’t matter where.”
Wydermyer is enjoying his recruitment, though. He recently took a visit to Houston and spent some time at Texas’ Junior Day. Wydermyer has been to Texas a couple of times and has also visited Baylor. He told Armchair that he’s holding off on planning his future visits for now, and he has not yet set a timeline for any major recruitment decisions.
As always, we finished up our interview by asking Wydermyer what he would tell kids who someday want to play college football and beyond:
“Never settle. Go get it all, and work for it.”
Wise words from the future collegiate star.