Electric Julius turning heads

Electric Julius turning heads

Orlando Evans athlete Jalen Julius is on the verge of taking off with his recruitment. With three offers now including one from national championship contender Auburn, Julius is beginning to turn some heads as programs hear more and see more of him. Where he will play is a question for some, but the fact is he will play somewhere and things are looking big for the central Florida star.

Jalen Julius has been way under the radar, and it seems rather strange. A summer trip to Auburn for camp resulted in an offer and more are to come soon.

"The first offer came in the summer, that was Auburn," Julius said. "I got the Temple and Western Michigan offers about 2-3 weeks ago."

Special Teams coach Scott Fountain at Auburn really likes what Julius brings to the table as a return man.

"My coach took us to the Auburn camp in the summer and I ran a 4.38 (in the 40)," he said. "At the end of the day I talked to coach Fountain and Coach Dameyune Craig, Then they told me that I have an offer. They keep talking to my coach about me."

It appears the schools that are recruiting mostly want to put the ball in his hands, all but the Florida Gators who like his athleticism for the defensive side of the ball.

"They like me playing kick returns, a lot really like my return game," he said of all the coaches talking to him. "Most of the schools say running back, and some say slot receiver. The only school that likes me on defense is Florida, they like me at cornerback."

Julius plays for the Rat Pack, a 7on7 team from the Orlando area coached by Gator Great Keiwan Ratliff. Florida assistant Brian White has a son on the team and is able to watch practices and games they play in, even during dead periods in recruiting. White likes what he sees from Julius and has been on him.

"Florida is likely the next offer," Julius said. "They want me real bad, but I still need to take the ACT. They want me to come to their spring game and check them out. I talk to Brian White and Drew Hughes (player personnel assistant) a lot from Florida."

He's always played offense, but for the Rat Pack he plays defense and has really come around to playing on that side of the ball.

"I am getting better at the corner position, because Coach Ratliff is teaching me stuff," he said. "So I don't really have a preference. Coach Rat played at Florida too. I used to watch him back in the day when he picked off the ball for Florida."

Calling his quickness and his vision his real strengths, the 5-foot-11, 175 pound Julius scored eight touchdowns in just seven games as a junior in 2013. He says his favorite current player now is NFL star Tavon Austin.

With three offers in the bag and Florida seemingly waiting in the wings, Julius thinks more are also on the way.

"FIU should be offering soon as well," he said. "South Carolina might be offering and I have been getting a lot of interest from NC State, Louisville, and Michigan State."

Stay tuned to Scout.com as we follow the recruitment of Jalen Julius.

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