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Recruiting: Alexis to Texas, UT lands commitment from Florida WR

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Andre Coleman looked toward the Sunshine State for the next wide receiver commit and found what he was looking for in Pompano Beach.

Monarch High School’s Jaden Alexis joined Texas’ 2021 class, choosing the Longhorns over 35 other schools including Alabama, Notre Dame, Brown, Harvard, Michigan, Miami, Florida State, and Texas A&M.

The school class president and son of former NFL running back, Rich Alexis, verbally pledged to the Longhorns without even a visit. It was a bond he built with Coleman, Tom Herman, and Mike Yurcich, who prioritized the 5-foot-11, 185-pound speed merchant from Florida.

How he fits at Texas: South Florida speed. Alexis runs a 4.41 40, 10.75 100m, and 22.27 200m. His high school would put him in the slot and let him run wheel routes around natural rubs by other receivers to build up speed. He’d also just run by people for easy vertical shots. There’s not a ton of nuance to his game yet but he’s an explosive scoring threat either on a perimeter screen or a vertical go route. In Texas’ offense where the slot receiver will get more vertical under Mike Yurcich, that’s where he’d fit best. – Ian Boyd

Coach says:
 Strengths – Built for an inside receiver position with significant lower body explosiveness, balance and strength. Tracks the ball well in the air and catches away from his body with soft hands. Doesn’t fight the ball. Literally looks to house it on every play. Straight line speed is well above average with excellent change of direction and agility consistent with his shuttle times. Very productive player accounting routinely for at least one score a game and 100 yards on average. Very physical with and without the ball. Looks to stay in bounds and play through contact. Legs keep moving on contact. Routes are mostly vertical and line of scrimmage throws. Wants to enroll early. Junior film shows a much more polished player than sophomore film.

Areas for Improvement / Concern: Opponent film shows a less interested player especially when ball is away from him. See very little run blocking on his film. Opponent film shows him struggle with bigger players on crossing routes. Route running isn’t bad but isn’t great either. Intermediate routes are not well represented and on sophomore film those routes look a little raw. Falls in love with his cut back when he should really stick to keeping it a track meet.

How this affects Texas: UT might have found a gem in the Sunshine state. His numbers tell the story with a verified 4.41 40, a 4.17 shuttle, and a 10.75 100m. When you want playmakers at the most diva position in football, speed is always the answer. Georgia, Notre Dame, Penn State, and Miami are among his 30+ offers, and this kid is just getting started. High academics are a priority on his list and UT’s business school sounds too good to be true to Alexis. Regardless, Andre Coleman found a South Florida kid that wants to leave South Florida. If he’s close to his NFL running back father, Rich, in talent, Alexis could be a headliner. – Justin Wells

Alexis is the seventeenth member of Texas’ 2021 recruiting class joining Mike Myslinski (Bishop Kenny – FL), Gunnar Helm (Cherry Creek – CO), Jamier Johnson (John Muir – CA), Ishamel Ibraheem (Dallas Kimball), JD Coffey (Kennedale), Isaac Pearson (ProKick Australia), Casey Cain (Warren Easton – LA), Jonathon Brooks (Hallettsville), Morice Blackwell (Arlington Martin), Jordon Thomas (Port Arthur Memorial), Ja’Tavion Sanders (Denton Ryan), Derrick Harris Jr. (New Caney), Billy Bowman Jr. (Denton Ryan), Juan Davis (Everman), Hayden Conner (Katy Taylor), Jalen Milroe (Katy Tompkins).