Charlotte, NC | 6026 | 193 | 4.58E | 2019
Alexander hit the ground running as a true freshman with eights starts, four interceptions and 55 tackles. He has rare size for a defensive back, he also has a 41-inch vertical leap and locates and tracks the ball very well. The North Carolina native has tremendous length, great reactionary speed and the range to cover a lot of ground. Alexander shadows his man and is capable of reading through to the quarterback but he is a tad bit high cut and rigid in his transition. He was suspended by the team in the offseason of 2016 for a misdemeanor marijuana charge and it cost him his starting job but Alexander has a chance to win back a spot on the starting defense in 2017 with a productive spring. While Adonis Alexander might pan out as a corner, we fully expect him to make the transition to free safety where his height, willingness as a tackler and reactionary speed would be an asset as a center fielder. He has the athletic potential and the size/speed combination of a first round pick but has failed to maximize his potential. He did not make the trip during the third game of the season in 2017 to West Virginia for not living up to the team’s standards, according to head coach Justin Fuente. “We will continue to uphold the exemplary standards of Virginia Tech football. Integrity, trust and teamwork remain the foundation of this program and that will not change. Adonis has not lived up to our expectations at Virginia Tech. He will continue practicing and participating in team activities. Our staff will continue to monitor his progress and evaluate his progress going forward.” He was also ruled out the following week against Old Dominion and was busted for possession of marijuana on the same day as the Hokies 2017 spring game, which is sure to draw the NFL’s attention and could hinder his draft stock.
2016: Honorable Mention, Sophonmore All-American (Campus Insiders) … Played in 13 games, making five starts … Made 44 tackles including 2.0 for loss … Recorded two interceptions and defended nine passes.
2015: Made seven starts appearing in 11 total games … Logged 530 plays, including 459 as rover and 71 on special teams … Made 51 total tackles with four interceptions.
2014: Enrolled at Tech in January after graduating high school early … Earned Iron Hokie honors in spring max testing … Posted a 41-inch vertical jump to go along with a 375-pound squat and a 315-pound power clean.
High School: Played football at Independence High for Coach Joe Evans … A first-team all-state selection by The Associated Press … Named to the Charlotte Observer’s All-Mecklenburg second-team football as a junior and the third-team as a senior … Finished with 105 tackles and two interceptions as a senior … Was an all-conference safety as both a junior and senior … Rated as the No. 28 player in the state of North Carolina by Rivals … Listed as the No. 65 safety in the country and the No. 27 player in the state of North Carolina by 247Sports.
Personal: Adonis K. Alexander … Born November 7, 1996 in Charlotte, N.C. … Son of Debra Alexander and Harry Seymour … Has two younger brothers … Majoring in real estate.