Current Florida commit Jalen Julius visited the Cardinals program on Sunday. The highly-sought after…
Commitment Analysis: Jalen Julius
Profile: Jalen Julius Position:Wide Receiver Location: Winter Garden (Fla.) West Orange Height: 5-foot-11 Weight: 175-pounds Rank: Recruiting: Julius committed to the University of Florida. He also had scholarship offers from teams like Auburn, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Tennessee, USF and others. What to like: There is a lot to like about Julius. The first thing that jumps out at you is his blazing speed. This kid can flat out run and has the speed to score from anywhere. His straight line speed is simply outstanding. Julius is also quick. He brings explosiveness and a suddenness to the game with the ball in his hands. That said, the next thing I loved seeing was his versatility. This is a young man that makes a difference in offense, defense and special teams for his high school team. He plays running back, wide receiver, wildcat, cornerback and is an excellent kick returner. Offensively, Julius gets up field in a hurry. West Orange gets him the ball in a variety of ways, whether it's speed sweeps, screens or simple run plays. Certainly this kid is at his best in space or out wide on the perimeter. He shows good instincts as a runner and vision. Julius, at least at the high school level, shows the ability to run through defenders but that is not the nature of his game. Julius seems to catch the ball well, although you don't see a very wide variety of routes. Defensively, Julius has the speed to run with anyone. He has quick feet, loose hips and can start, stop, and accelerate and be back up to top end speed very quickly. What may be of concern: What is he? Yeah, I love his versatility. From day one he's my kickoff return guy. But for a full-time position where do you play him? He could be a slot receiver or cornerback. I am not so sure that's a concern but you have to figure out his primary, long term role. My first real concern would be his overall size. Whether he's a slot or a corner he has to bulk up, especially facing the rigors of big time college football in the SEC. Plus, as a receiver and as a defensive back Julius is very raw and needs to learn how to really play each position. Overall analysis: Now this is a pickup that is very intriguing for the Florida Gators. He brings a certain new dimension to all three phases of the game in Gainesville. And Julius looks like one of the more dynamic weapons that they have committed over the last few years. He has incredible football speed and looks like the best game breaker to be on that campus since Jeff Demps, especially with the possibility of what he could provide in the kick return game. Again, what position does he play? I think he's better suited offensively, especially with the Gators going with the spread attack. He reminds me of the pieces Urban Meyer was assembling in Gainesville when he was running the show. This kid could be a much needed weapon for that side of the ball for the Gators. A kid like this is exactly what's been missing on the Gators roster at wide receiver. I can also see why they would want him defensively. This is a kid that could play cornerback or slot corner. I do have my short term reservations though on this side of the ball. Julius needs more experience as a defensive back. Overall though I think this is a terrific commitment for Will Muschamp and his staff.
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