Jaylen Pile | 2026 Wide Receiver

Jaylen Pile | 2026 Wide Receiver 

Class of 2026 wide receiver/defensive back Jaylen Pile of Southlake Carroll High School in Texas is one step ahead of the game.

Having a father who played at football’s highest level is certainly beneficial. Having a father who played in the NFL that also coaches and supports you to the fullest is even better.

Such is the case for Pile, the son of former Virginia Tech standout and NFL/CFL defensive back Willie Pile.

“My dad has always been my biggest supporter and motivator along this journey,” Pile said. “He was my first coach and he’s taught me a lot about the game and discipline I have to have in order to play at my best.”

“He was an All American DB so he focuses on the details and gives me pointers on how I can win each rep. When you have someone in your corner who’s played at the highest level of football and can speak from his experiences, it only helps me become a better player and teammate.”

Pile has worked not only with his father, but with a top trainer in the Dallas-Fort Worth area as well in Margin Hooks.

“I just began to really lift weights and develop my strength, speed and quickness with my dad at his FASST Performance gym as well as in the high school summer workouts,” Pile said. “I improved my route running by training with Margin Hooks of Sky’s The Limit Training.”

“Coach Hooks trains the top WRs in DFW & in the state, and has helped me with playing and understanding the wide receiver position at an advanced level.”

The freshman is coming off a big performance at The Show where he was named to the first team.

“Getting to travel to Atlanta and compete against the top players in the nation was a great experience,” Pile said. “It showed me that my talent and work ethic has and will pay off and be recognized by the right people.”

“Being named First Team All Show only builds my desire to continue working towards my goal of playing at the next level.”

In addition to that, Pile also starred for his school’s soccer team in the spring.

“I began playing soccer at 4 years old & eventually played select soccer for the top team in DFW which is also the #1 team in the nation,” Pile said. “I stopped playing soccer at age 10 to play baseball and lacrosse.” 

“I picked soccer back up in middle school and felt it would help my stamina and footwork. My primary position is forward so I’m used to scoring a lot, which is what I want to do on the football field.”

Pile is expecting to score a lot on the football field, too. He says his team goals for the year are “to go undefeated and for the offense to score every time we have the ball.”

“My individual goals are to improve each game and improve different parts of my game like my releases, separation at the top of the route and turning short passes into long plays,” Pile said. “I don’t have a statistical goal but zero drops, lots of catches, yards and touchdowns is a great place to start.”

An elite drive to be the best and plenty of support in his corner, Pile will be a player to watch as his career transpires. 



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