National Team alum Jalen Mayden commits to Mississippi State

By Stephen Spiewak | Posted 5/23/2017

Sachse High School (Texas) quarterback Jalen Mayden committed to Mississippi State on Tuesday night, in an announcement made during his team's spring game:

The 6-foot-2 southpaw quarterback, who ranks as a four-star recruit, chose Mississippi State over four other finalists: Baylor, Nebraska, Louisville and Tennessee. He is the younger brother of Alabama freshman defensive back Jared Mayden.

Mayden has been a mainstay in the USA Football program for the last several years, following in the footsteps of older brothers Jared and James. At the 2016 International Bowl, he earned MVP honors after leading the U.S. Under-16 National Team to victory.

“My whole family was there to see me get the game MVP award," Mayden told USA Football earlier this month. "I could even hear my little sister screaming my name afterward to give her the trophy.”

Earlier this year, Mayden helped the U.S. notch a 26-0 victory over Canada in the first-ever North American Championship.

With his commitment to Mississippi State, Mayden projects to become the latest National Team alum to matriculate to the SEC, following the likes of D'Andre Swift (Georgia), Kary Vincent Jr. (LSU) and Christopher Allen (Alabama), who all played on the U.S. Under-19 National Team in 2017 and will be playing on Saturdays in the SEC this fall.

Learn more about the U.S. National Team program here