Three-star WR Jaden Alexis (6-1 175) of Coconut Creek, FL made his second visit to USC over the weekend driving up from Florida with his parents. His previous visit was last summer when he attended a Will Muschamp camp.
“The coaches were very genuine, very direct with me, straight forward,” Alexis said. “The players gave me their first hand experiences. The strength coach was great, lots of knowledge. They have a lot of technology there. The campus also is really nice. I like how it’s in the city. I’m a city boy. The dorm rooms are very nice. And they hey put a lot of effort into the education part as well. I told coach Muschamp how I like the support staff around him.”
Alexis also spent time with receivers coach Bryan McClendon and the two talked about how he would be used in the offense.
“He would take me under his wing and make sure I learn all the techniques,” Alexis said. “Playing in the SEC, they run a lot of man He would move me around and get me the matchups. He said I’m a really good receiver against man and that would be me all day, winning my matchups and making big plays.”
This is just the start of the recruiting process for Alexis but the visit has put the Gamecocks in a good spot with him.
“Very, very positive, they are definitely at the top right now, with the other schools” Alexis said. “I don’t really have a top right now. It’s very early for me, but I really think they’re up there. I was very impressed moving forward. I want to come back and experience it again.”
Alexis is well aware of the Gamecocks’ struggles in 2019, and he knows that life in the SEC is a year by year thing for most of the teams. Neither the Gamecocks’ 2019 resume nor the one they will produce in 2020 will be a factor in his decision according to Alexis.
“When it comes to the SEC, I know that’s a really hard conference to play in for any team,” Alexis said. “They are rebuilding and stuff like that really doesn’t bother me because you are playing the best teams in the nation in my mind. No matter what the record is this year or next year, that honestly does not factor into how I look at the team at all. As long as the coaching staff and the players are developing, and it’s a good positive environment in the program, the record doesn’t matter to me, as long as we’re fighting for something better, to get to a national championship and things like that.”
Some of the other offers for Alexis are Virginia, Georgia, Louisville, Ole Miss, Utah, Duke, Pitt, Georgia Tech, Tennessee, Kentucky and Miami. He plans to visit Georgia Tech, and is set to visit Georgia February 1st. He is looking at a decision in the summer or early fall, and all options are on the table.
Alexis said he will sign in December and graduate early. This season Alexis had 49 catches for 894 yards and 10 touchdowns.