By Bill Spinks


wspinks@waxahachietx.com


Jalen Reagor is a Philadelphia Eagle.


The 2017 Waxahachie High School graduate and three-year TCU wide receiving star was selected with the 21st pick on Thursday night, only the second player in school history to go in the first round of the NFL Draft.


Reagor, of course, played for former NFL quarterback Jon Kitna during his high school career. Reagor is the son of Montae Reagor, another WHS grad who went in the second round out of Texas Tech in 1999. Montae Reagor spent nine seasons in the NFL as a defensive tackle and finished his career with the Eagles in 2007 after winning a Super Bowl XLI ring with the Indianapolis Colts.


Jalen Reagor began rocketing up the draft boards of numerous teams after running a 4.47-second 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine.


But instead of going to the Dallas Cowboys at No. 17 — Dallas opted to snap up sliding Oklahoma receiver CeeDee Lamb — Reagor will be headed to the Cowboys’ NFC East rival.


With a year of college eligibility remaining, Reagor announced his decision to declare for the 2020 NFL draft on social media back in December.


"The relationships I have built at TCU will be lifelong friendships," Reagor wrote, "and I am so proud to have been part of such a great university and football program."


At TCU, Reagor caught 33 passes for 576 yards and eight touchdowns in his freshman season. There wasn’t a sophomore slump for him either, as he hauled in 72 passes for 1,061 yards and nine scores, and set a TCU record by catching touchdowns in seven consecutive games.


Reagor finished his college career with 148 catches for 2,248 yards and 22 touchdowns. He also finished with two punt return touchdowns and averaged 10.5 yards per return. In what turned out to be his final game with the Horned Frogs, Reagor returned a punt for a touchdown in an eventual loss to West Virginia.


He was voted the Big 12 Co-Offensive Freshman of the Year in 2017, and was chosen by his teammates as TCU’s MVP after the 2018 season.