Scout Rating: ***
Scout Rank: 120
Size: 6-0, 180
Hometown: (West Orange)
Winter Garden, FL
Stats: 4.31 40
Projected position at OM: Wide Receiver
Accolades: Rated a 4-star prospect by ESPN.com and a 3-star prospect by the other major recruiting services … Ranked 230th on the ESPN 300 list … Listed as the nation’s No. 20 athlete by ESPN.com… Scout.com rates him as the No. 120 wide receiver, while 247Sports.com ranks him the No. 101 cornerback … Rated the 41st-best player in Florida by ESPN.com … Listed No. 14 on the Orlando Sentinel’s Central Florida Super60 … Played running back, receiver, cornerback and kick returner for West Orange, helping the team to its best ever record of 11-1 … Named All-Central Florida second team by the Orlando Sentinel after running for 493 yards and seven touchdowns on 38 carries, while also helping in the passing game and returning two kicks for scores … Transferred to West Orange from Evans (Orlando, Fla.) after his junior year … Rushed for almost 700 yards and eight TDs in seven games his junior year … Coached at West Orange by Bob Head.
Recruiting Competition: Jalen had offers from all over before finally choosing Ole Miss. Make a list of who’s who in college football and many of those were on there. Auburn, Florida, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Louisville, Miami, Missouri, Notre Dame, Oregon State, Ohio State, Tennessee, and Wisconsin were among those who coveted Julius. He noted Ole Miss, Louisville, and the Fighting Irish were his finalists.
Quotable: “I went on all of the trips by myself. My folks said the decision is solely based on me. The trip to Ole Miss went real good. It was a great experience, actually. I got to meet all of the players and got to know each one of them better. That is really what I wanted to look at on all of my visits. How well would I fit in with their players and what's their relationship with the coaches? I found out from the players that you are really going to spend the majority of your time with your position coach more than anything. They are all like brothers. I spent a lot of time with Coach (Grant) Heard who is their receiver coach. He's real cool. He's not one of those coaches that yells and cusses at you. My relationship with the players stood out to me. I like how they treat one another. Everybody is real cool with one another."
Scouting Report: Jalen was recruited by many high-profile schools because of his athletic ability, speed, hands, and feet. He is the entire package. He was considered by some equally impressive as a defensive player in the secondary as a wide receiver on offense. Ole Miss obviously projects him on the offensive side of the ball, another excellent addition to a strong receiver corps to compete and battle in the Southeastern Conference and beyond.
Coach Hugh Freeze Quote: “We are excited to have a speedster and a young player who is so versatile. We believe he can return kickoffs and punts, play in the slot or even play cornerback. We like his potential.”
Signee Spotlight: Jalen Julius
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