Shane Beamer visited Independence High School (Charlotte, N.C.) this past spring to eye Adonis Alexander, one of the Patriots’ top prospects. Patriots head coach Joe Evans recalls the Tech running backs coach being impressed with what he saw out of the 6’3″, 195-pound safety prospect.
“During the spring, a lot of coaches come by. Coach Shane Beamer came by from Virginia Tech,” Evans said. “Adonis is not a big combine guy. Coach Beamer loved him. He was hanging out at practice and saw Adonis running around. He knew who he was. I think he saw how physically imposing Adonis is. Coach Beamer’s first words were, ‘Kam Chancellor.'”
Alexander pledged to the Hokies on July 12. A strong comfort level on campus and playing for Bud Foster were primary reasons behind the standout prospect’s decision.
“With him being a defensive guy and a safety, he thought he fit in well with the way Coach Foster moves guys around,” Evans said. “He fits in the program. Kam Chancellor and Sean Taylor are two of his favorite safeties of all time. He went to Clemson, [NC] State, and Virginia Tech. He just felt comfortable on campus. I had a couple of conversations with him and his dad. You have to feel comfortable. He felt comfortable on campus at Virginia Tech.”
Independence runs a 4-3 defense that has “a lot of interchangeable parts,” Evans said. “Cornerbacks can play safety. Safeties can play linebacker. We keep it simple. We just tweak it to get the best of our players’ abilities.”
Virginia Tech’s defense is certainly known for having versatile players who can play multiple positions. With an impressive combination of size and speed, Alexander could fit that designation as well.
“He’s a good player,” Evans said of Alexander. “He is a physical presence at the back end of our defense. People tend to think twice when he’s around. His sophomore year, he shied away from contact. Last year he gained about 15 to 20 pounds of muscle. With the gained weight, I think he gained more confidence and you saw him become a downhill safety.
“On the next level, the sky is the limit for him. He’s a good athlete. He can play some corner or...
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