Austin Alexander is a senior wide receiver at St. Thomas More, a prep school in Oakdale, Conn.
He also happens to be the younger brother of Bills middle linebacker Lorenzo Alexander.
With the release of Austin's midseason highlight tape on Hudl, a popular site for high school football and recruiting, big brother put the word out that he hoped his alma mater – Cal – was looking at Austin.
Austin says Cal is among the schools looking at him the hardest, along with Rutgers, Pittsburgh, UConn, Oregon State and Fresno State. Baylor, Virginia Tech and USC have all been in contact the last few days. "My recruiting has been picking up like crazy," he said.
— Lorenzo Alexander (@onemangang97) October 23, 2017
As for the influence of his older brother, Austin says:
"My brother has been telling me since Day One to just be the hardest worker and make sure the grades are there because you can have all the talent in the world but coaches recruit talented, coachable players and players who work hard," Austin said. "Also, he’s been helping me with the exposure part since its only my second year playing football. Most coaches don't know who I am."
Before St. Thomas More, Alexander played one season at Capital Christian in Sacramento and had seven receiving touchdowns (nine overall) with 740 receiving yards on 30 catches (an average of a whopping 24.7 yards per catch). He also showed skills in the return game.
"What makes me stand out as a receiver is my size, being 6-5," he said, "and having a low 4.5 40 time allows me to outrun my defender and make big-time plays. With my athleticism, I can jump over most defensive backs and (go get) the ball."
Alexander was noted for being a basketball prospect rather than a football prospect after working on his game and taking the traditional AAU route to develop his game and get exposure. Here is an example of his basketball skills, including a ridiculous Eastbay dunk.
"In the basketball world, he's average at 6-6, 215. But in the football world, that's a dynamic football player whether it's a tight end or receiver," Lorenzo Alexander said. "He's way more athletic that I ever was. You can't teach that size. He can jump out of the gym. He's a hooper, but has more of a football mentality now. I'm really trying to help him grow into that."
Lorenzo said Austin spent part of the summer working out with him to get in better shape and Austin is "taking care of business" at St. Thomas More, including his grades. Lorenzo said the time at prep school is helping his brother mature.
St. Thomas More is ranked No. 13 in the nation among prep schools, according to MaxPreps, with a 4-2 record.
Here is the highlight tape: