The Longhorns continue their streak of grabbing solid out-of-state prospects, this time securing a commitment from Pompano Beach, Florida wide receiver, Jaden Alexis.
Alexis is a 6’0 180-pound receiver/defensive back and Track and Field star from Monarch High School. He’s a three-star prospect via the 247Sports Composite and is ranked as the 63rd best wide receiver in the 2021 class along with the 63rd best player in Florida via those same rankings.
During his breakout junior season, Alexis caught 49 passes for 894 yards (both team-highs) for 8 receiving touchdowns. Alexis was named first-team All Broward County as the Monarch Knights went 6-4 and averaged over 32 points per game.
Alexis also had offers powerhouses such as Alabama, Georgia, Michigan, Notre Dame, Penn State, Wisconsin, and Texas A&M. He ultimately decided to leave home for the 40 Acres and truly bolster Tom Herman’s 2021 class.
Name: Jaden Alexis
Position: Wide Receiver
High School: Monarch
City, State: Pompano Beach, Florida
Three Best Traits
Speed – Jaden Alexis might be the fastest guy on the field at any time. He’s been timed as fast as 4.41 in the 40-yard dash. His personal bests in the 100 and 200-meter dash are 10.75 and 22.27 respectively. He’s a guy who can take a screen pass the distance, as well as burn past opposing corners, on go routes. No matter the situation, odds are Alexis will beat you with his speed.
Versatility – In his film, Alexis was shown lining up in the slot, out wide, and even ran routes from the backfield. During his junior year, Alexis did it all on offense. He caught the ball with precision and was effective regardless of where he was on the football field.
Pedigree – Alexis, like most, comes from a football family. However, Jaden’s father, Rich Alexis, played football in the NFL. Rich had a successful career at Washington University where in four seasons he ran for 2,383 yards and 28 rushing touchdowns on 4.1 yards a carry. He also caught 59 passes for 576 yards. He ended up going undrafted in the 2004 NFL draft and bounced around from Jacksonville to St. Louis and Seattle before calling it quits in 2009. Jaden knows first-hand what it takes to make it at the next level and has the bloodline to back it up.
Areas for Improvement
Route Running – Alexis is a wizard when it comes to screens, bubble screens, and go routes. Before lining up against some of the elite Big-12 defenses I would like to see a more developed route tree from him. There’s no doubt that his speed and athleticism alone will scare defenses but if he can add some footwork and tricks up his sleeve in terms of his routes, he has the ability to truly take the top off of any defense.
Blocking – Most of the time, Alexis would catch a screen and take it to the house. But, when the shoe is on the other foot can he block well enough for his teammates to take it the distance as well. His senior season should serve as a perfect way for him to better develop his blocking skills.
Jaden Alexis is an absolute burner. A speedster who can outrun pretty much everyone on the football field. Wherever Texas wants to put him he’s bound to find success. He’s only had one season of being ‘the guy’ at wide receiver and made opposing defenses pay each and every time. He still has a lot to learn but without a doubt already has the potential to be a top-notch athlete in Austin.
Alexis’ commitment gives Texas a tremendous amount of depth at the wide receiver position. If given the proper time to develop, Alexis can be electric. Andre Coleman, wide receivers coach, has hit it out of the ballpark with commitments from Casey Cain and Jaden Alexis, two out of state underrated prospects with incredible upside. Alexis is a big addition to the Texas family.
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