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Rivals250 athlete Jalen Christian is very serious about track. The Damascus (Md.) stand out has a track meet nearly every weekend in the spring, but that doesn't mean his recruitment has been put on hold.
Christian recently announced that his top 11 schools, in alphabetical order, are Duke, Kentucky, Maryland, Nebraska, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Rutgers, South Carolina, Tennessee, Wisconsin and West Virginia.
"I wanted to start narrowing down my schools," the 5-foot-10, 173-pound Christian said. "These are the schools that I have the most contact with and have the best relationships with. I could see myself playing at these schools. If I do get offers from other schools that I like, they can move in. Other schools could move out of this list."
Four schools have had the chance to host Christian on campus.
"I've visited West Virginia, South Carolina and Ohio State," he said. "Maryland is just right down the street, so I've visited there too. I have a close relationship with pretty much all of them. I've spoken to all of them recently. I have a good relationship with coach (Randy) Edsall and my relationship with coach (Chad) Wilt has been building. He seems pretty cool. I'm close with coach (Zach) Smith at Ohio State. I have talked to coach Johnson a few times going back to when he was at Penn State."
There are a few notable schools that didn't make Christian's top 11.
"Virginia Tech had a lot of wide receiver commitments in last year's class and there will be more in this year's class," Christian said. "They will have a lot of receivers there and I'll be looking at other schools.
"I did like Clemson, but the connection and communication wasn't there. I tried to reach out and my coach tried to reach out but it just wasn't there. North Carolina was the same thing, but I still may visit. My top 11 doesn't mean that the schools that didn't make it don't have a chance. It's really a starting point."
Christian, who is being targeted to play in the slot, as a kick returner and punt returner, said that he could decide before the season but it will probably happen during or after the season.
Adam Friedman is the Mid-Atlantic Region football recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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