2014 Border Classic All Stars – Team Michigan

Jalen Embry

Embry, Jalen

Corner Back

5’11″ 176 lbs

University of Iowa

High School: Detroit Martin Luther King

High School Coach: Dale Harvel


Jalen Embry is the son of Lilchell Arnold. He has two brothers, Jayson Tubb Jr. (25) and Jaron Embry (23), and one sister, Kira Embry (14).

Jalen started his football career at the age of ten playing with the Detroit Northwest Lions.  He also played for the Oak Park Trojans and the Detroit Dolphins. He didn’t think he could compete at the high school level until his junior year when he and Avonte’ Maddox got together and said, “Let’s do this”. In his first year in football, his junior season, he pulled in 22 receptions for 418 yards and 4 touchdowns and posted 32 tackles and 5 interceptions on defense. His performance helped his team to a city championship title. He followed that up his senior year with 53 receptions for 1,026 yards and 12 touchdowns, 28 tackles and 4 interceptions. As a senior, he helped lead his team to a 10-2 record and a semi-finals appearance in the MHSAA playoffs.  Embry was a two-time captain for the Crusaders. He was rated the number three defensive back in the State of Michigan by 247Sports. He was also rated a three-star athlete by Rivals.

Jalen also participated on the track team where he was an All City selection in the 100M and 200M. Jalen was the recipient of the Dave Bing Scholar Athlete Award.

Jalen thanked, “God first, my family second, and the Martin Luther King coaching staff.” He also thanked the University of Iowa coaching staff. He will continue his football career as a Hawkeye. He said, “I will take full advantage of the opportunities God has presented me.”


All City 1st Team, Detroit News and Detroit Free Press, 2012 & 2013

All State 2nd Team, Detroit Free Press, 2012

All Metro 1st Team, Detroit News, 2013

All State 1st Team, Detroit Free Press, 2013