#1 Jalen Catalon

DB | R-Fr | 5-10 | 189 | Mansfield, Texas | Mansfield Legacy HS

2020 (REDSHIRT FRESHMAN): Named a Jim Thorpe Award Semifinalst and to the Football Writers Association of America Freshman All-American Watch List … First SEC freshman since 2012 to record 70+ tackles with three or more interceptions … Finished third on the team with nine tackles while also forcing a fumble in his first career start against No. 4 Georgia (Sept. 26) … Led the team making 14 tackles at No. 13 Auburn (Oct. 10) … Recorded his first career interception and returned it 35 yards for a touchdown, registered nine tackles and a forced fumble against Ole Miss (Oct. 17) … First SEC player to have at least nine tackles with an interception return for a touchdown and a forced fumble since at least 2000 … Named SEC Defensive Player of the Week for his 12 tackles, one interception and one forced fumble against Tennessee (Nov. 7) … Also named Jim Thorpe Award Player of the Week for his performance against Tennessee … Made 12 tackles and recorded an interception in his second straight game and broke up a career-high two passes at No. 6 Florida (Nov. 14) … Became the first Razorback to intercept a pass in back-to-back games since at least 1997 … Made a career-high 16 tackles against LSU (Nov. 21) and recorded his third straight 10+ tackle game (Tennessee, Florida, LSU) … Recorded his sixth 10+ tackle game of the season, making 10 stops against No. 1 Alabama (Dec. 12).

2019 (FRESHMAN): Played in four games as a true freshman for the Razorbacks in 2019 … Appeared in games against Ole Miss (Sept. 7), San Jose State (Sept. 21), Kentucky (Oct. 12) and Western Kentucky (Nov. 9) … Saw action on 33 defensive snaps and 14 special teams plays over the course of the season, with a majority of time on defense against WKU in the home finale … Tallied 29 snaps against the Hilltoppers, 10 in coverage, recording six tackles, three solo, with a PBU and a forced fumble … Finished the year with an overall defensive grade of 85.3 from Pro Football Focus, with a mark of 75.5 in coverage.

HIGH SCHOOL: Four-star prospect by Rivals, 247Sports and ESPN … Ranked No. 20 in the nation at the safety position by Rivals … Rated 29th overall in the state of Texas according to 247Sports … Four-year varsity letterwinner at Mansfield Legacy High School in Mansfield, Texas … Also lettered in basketball and baseball … Played in one game as a senior before an injury forced him to miss the rest of the season … A key member on both sides of the ball for the Broncos in 2017, starting at safety and quarterback for Legacy HS as a junior … Racked up 101 tackles, including 70 solo, with six for loss … Also had three interceptions, six forced fumbles and six fumble recoveries on the defensive side of the field … Passed the 1,000-yard threshold both through the air and on the ground at the helm of the Bronco offense, throwing for 1,122 yards and 15 touchdowns while rushing for 1,064 yards and 13 scores … Led Legacy to the 2017 Texas High School Football Class 5A-II state semifinals and a 12-3 overall record … Earned four 2017 Defensive Player of the Year honors from SportsDay, The Fort Worth Star Telegram, Associated Press and District 10-5A … Credited with 183 total tackles, 139 solo, as a sophomore in 2016, posting seven for loss with nine interceptions, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery … Joins Mansfield Legacy teammates Taurean Carter and Enoch Jackson Jr., who signed with the Razorbacks in December … CHOSE ARKANSAS OVER: Alabama, Florida, Missouri, Oklahoma, Ohio State, TCU, Texas, Texas Tech, Wisconsin and others.

PERSONAL: Born March 15, 2001 … Son of Phyllis and Sherman Catalon … Brother Kendall Catalon is a wide receiver for the Razorbacks.