Commit Analysis; 2015 LB Victor Alexander

Scout.com takes a closer look at Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian Academy junior linebacker Victor Alexander who committed to UCLA last night.

Offers: Florida Atlantic, Memphis, Navy, Old Dominion, UAB, UCLA, Virginia Tech

Committed to: UCLA

What to Like

Victor Alexander is a hard-hitting, physical downhill middle/inside linebacker. The junior is a very effective run-stopper between the tackles that also does an outstanding job of blitzing both against the pass and on run blitzes. The underclassman has good straight ahead speed and gets to the ball in a hurry. Alexander does an excellent job of reading his keys and finding the ball carrier quickly and arriving with bad intentions. His ability to see the entire field and the play develop has helped him make a lot of tackles behind the line of scrimmage. He plays with a passion for the game and is a sure tackler who loves to hit. Alexander also does a good job of running his feet through the tackle. He plays extremely hard, never taking a play off and pursues the ball relentlessly. Alexander also does a good job of attacking the ball carrier from the inside-out.

Questions and Areas of Improvement

Alexander will certainly have to continue to work on the fundamentals of taking on and shedding blocks at the college level as the offensive linemen he will go up against on a weekly basis will be bigger, stronger and more athletic. He will also need to add some size and strength to take on linemen at the BCS level. This will also help him with durability as the college game will be a lot more physical. On film you don't see him in pass coverage much so he will need to continue to get better in the fundamentals of covering backs, tight ends and inside slot receivers. There are several questions I have. Could he possibly play at the "Will" or outside linebacker position and be effective against the pass? Will he be able to add the needed weight to play at the "Mike" or inside linebacker without losing any speed?

Thoughts

I think Alexander's future as a college football player is as a "Mike" linebacker in a 4-3 defense or inside linebacker in a 3-4 defense. He is a devastating tackler and run-stopper in between the tackles. The underclassman has shown the ability to read his keys well and does an outstanding job of seeing the play develop and getting to the ball carrier in a hurry. He uses good fundamentals, plays with a good base and attacks the ball carrier from the inside out. In my opinion he would be limited as a "Will" linebacker especially in coverage against more fluid and faster athletes. Alexander possesses good straight ahead speed and plays with great effort and energy. He is a sure tackler who thrives on the physicality of the game. His high school defensive coordinator compares him to current NFL linebacker London Fletcher who is also undersized from a height standpoint. I believe that if Alexander were two inches taller he would have a ton of scholarship offers. In my estimation Alexander will be a highly productive player at the college level who will continue to pick up more major college offers with one more year of high school football left.


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