Pompano Beach (Fla.) Monarch three-star wide receiver Jaden Alexis officially signed his National Letter of Intent to the Texas Longhorns on Wednesday morning.
4-star WR Jaden Alexis is officially a Longhorn. pic.twitter.com/qYDKlnB9wB— Longhorn Network (@LonghornNetwork) December 16, 2020
Alexis is one of five out-of-state commits in this year’s class and is also the lone signee from the Sunshine State. He’s just the fourth prospect from the state of Florida to pledge to Texas under Tom Herman. Jordan Pouncey, Marcus Tillman Jr. and IMG Academy’s own Ayodele Adeoye were the others. Pouncey eventually transferred out of the program.
During the recruiting process, Alexis landed nearly 40 scholarship offers, a sign of how highly programs around the country think of the 5’11, 185-pounder.
It sure hasn’t been easy sledding for first-year wide receivers coach Andre Coleman on the recruiting trail — he’s been dealt with a tough task cleaning up the mess former wide receivers coach Drew Mehringer left behind. But landing a talent like Alexis was important.
As the son of a former NFL running back, plus being a track star in high school, Alexis possesses the attributes of a potential starting wide receiver at the collegiate level. He’s been timed to run a 4.41 40-yard dash, 10.75 100 meter, and a 22.27 200 meter.
He played both ways in high school and made the second-team Miami Herald All-County team as a junior.
Alexis is one of two early wide receiver signees for the Longhorns in 2021, along with New Orleans (La.) Warren Easton’s Casey Cain. He’s ranked as the No. 368 player nationally and the No. 60 overall receiver, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.
Tape analysis on Alexis (By Daniel Seahorn):
Looks to possess solid measurables at 5’11, 175 pounds, and has a build that will allow him to fill out more moving forward. Alexis primarily works out of the slot on the offensive side of the ball, but he showed some versatility by also lining up at running back and defensive back. Alexis possesses excellent straight-line speed (verified 4.41 40) and it shows up in his ability to run right past defenders, as well as after the catch when you see him rarely get ran down from behind.
Alexis displays good acceleration off the LOS and in and out of his routes, as he can get up to top speed quickly. He has solid hands and shows the ability to make catches in traffic, as well as the ability to make the contested catches vertically. After the catch, Alexis shows on tape that he can be very elusive with good COD and good start and stop ability. Even in tight spaces with pursuing defenders or situations were guys are coming unblocked he shows the ability to win and make them miss. Alexis’ competitive toughness shows through when accumulating YAC, as he has no issues seeking out contact at times and will try to lower the shoulder on defenders. Alexis also flashes good balance and play strength at times as he is able to shed defenders as a ball carrier.
Going forward Alexis will have to continue growing as a route runner, as he limited in that aspect at this point in his development. A lot of his tape consisted of various screens mixed in with some slot fades and a few other routes in the short and intermediate area of the field, so he will have to continue building on that. There also needs to be more emphasis on ball security, as he tends to not high and tight the ball and lets it swing. Also, would like to see him switch the ball over to his outside arm more when he hits the sideline so that pursuing defenders do not have a target to aim it in pursuit.