D.I.T.R: Jalen Fletcher

Jalen Fletcher is a 5’7″ 165 lb class of 2024 Running Back. Jalen is an elite runner who also plays the slot position at times. He is an exciting and explosive athlete who returns to West Morgan in Trinity, Alabama, as a three-year starter. Jalen’s tape is very fun to watch as you witness him hitting a bunch of home runs out of nothing. Jalen does a great job of hitting the hole and turning on the jets. It seems that when he hits the hole that nobody will catch him. Jalen has multiple 50+ yard touchdowns and is an electric player to have on your team and watch. Jalen has a bright future ahead of him if he continues to get faster and stronger while staying healthy. Jalen should be playing football somewhere in college. Check out our Q&A below!

Can you tell us your name and position on the football team?

Jalen Fletcher, Running Back.

What made you decide to play football in high school?

My brother left a legacy that I believe I can complete by the time I graduate.

What are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced on the field?  

The biggest challenge is pressing the hole, making the right cut, and getting vertical.

How do you motivate yourself when things get tough during a game?

Coach Phillips tells us that when something goes wrong we should just keep playing the next play, and this keeps me motivated.

What do you think sets you apart from other players on your team? 

I like to train myself outside of team practice, and I think that this makes me unique.

Can you talk about a moment in your football career that you’re particularly proud of?

We played Rogers for our homecoming game and I ended up scoring the game-winning touchdown.

How do you handle the pressure of being an important player on the team?

I like to take a deep breath and let the opportunities from the game present themselves to me.

How do you balance football and your academic studies? 

I always take 90 minutes out of my day to study, and I utilize study hall whenever I go there to help with my time management.

What have you learned about teamwork through playing football? 

I’ve learned that we have to grow as a family to be successful.

Can you describe your pre-game ritual or superstitions?

I always listen to music to get me going, and I always pray before going out.

Who is your biggest inspiration or role model in the sport of football?

Deuce Vaughn is my biggest role model because people always stereotype shorter guys and he does not let this affect his game. I feel like I do the same thing.

How do you stay physically and mentally prepared for each game?

Mentally, I zone out and try not to think about anything because I do not want to overthink my play on the field. Physically, I like to remove myself from others and be myself.

What are your goals for the future, both on and off the field? 

On the field, I want to rush for 1,600 yards. Off the field, I want to stay healthy and get stronger.

What advice would you give to young aspiring football players?

Never give up, because you may not perform the way you want or may not get the playing time you deserve, but your time might come next year or even next game.

What do you hope to achieve with your football career in the future?

I hope to play 3-4 years in college football and then make it to the NFL.