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Sky-leaping Kennedy Catholic WR Junior Alexander will play college football in the valley of the sun - Arizona State University


Another highly-productive wide receiver in the state of Washington is now off the market.

And this one is a biggie.

Nobody caught touchdowns at the rate last season that Kennedy Catholic four-star outside receiver Junior Alexander did in what was truly a breakout campaign.

Alexander (6-3, 195) will have a chance to continue that in the Pac-12, too. He announced Friday night he will play football at Arizona State University as part of the Sun Devils' 2021 recruiting class.

He chose ASU over California, Utah, WSU and Washington.

"You could tell he loved Arizona State from the very start," Kennedy Catholic football coach Sheldon Cross said. "And something their staff raved about was Junior's ability to catch the ball in traffic and make really, really good catches over and over again.

"They loved his fearlessness - and his toughness."

Alexander's announcement came 11 days after position teammate Jabez Tinae gave Washington a verbal pledge.

And don't forget about Reed Shumpert, who has been also receiving NCAA Division I offers.

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"I think we are the best receiving corps in the country," Alexander said. "Do not worry about us putting points up on the scoreboard."

Alexander isn't shy about sharing an opinion - and has the game to back it. He caught a school-record 24 touchdown passes from Sam Huard in 2019, which ranks fifth all-time for a single season in Washington high school football.

And some of those physical scoring grabs were instant-hit internet sensations, taking long passes away from defenders and finding the end zone in key moments.

"Sheldon, he is the play caller, and he believed in me a lot," Alexander said. "My best friend, Jabez, he was fighting through injuries, so I had to step up to the plate, and not only have a great season, but lead the team to a playoff berth."

Alexander is ranked as the No. 33 wide receiver recruit in the country, according to - and the seventh-rated in-state prospect in a loaded 2021 class.

On SBLive's top-100 postseason list after the 2019 season, Alexander was ranked as the No. 15 player in Washington.

Alexander said he built a great relationship with Sun Devils' co-wide receiver coach Prentice Gill, and that was a big factor in choosing to go to Tempe, Arizona.

Of course, getting an opportunity to play for ASU coach Herm Edwards was a motivating factor, too.

"I love the guy overall," Alexander said. "He is a funny guy, but when it comes to business, he can get serious.

And he's been around the (NFL), and now he is helping people get to the league. It is kind of crazy. I know he will treat me really well down there."