FALKNER--Falkner Eagles wide receiver Deshaun Alexander signed a National Letter of Intent to play football at Northeast Mississippi Community College (NEMCC) during a ceremony inside the Falkner High School auditorium on Wednesday's National Signing Day.
Surrounded by family at a table draped in a black-and-gold Falkner throw, topped with a metallic black Eagles' helmet, Alexander made his commitment to the Northeast Tigers official.
He called signing with the junior college an "opportunity."
"It's an opportunity to get better, an opportunity to better my life," said Alexander.
The 5-foot-11, 190-pound speedster has already shown an ability to get better, fast. His first year of varsity football was his junior season at Falkner. He played in 11 games, totaled two catches for 35 yards and caught one touchdown pass. Defensively, he had one interception.
One year later, Alexander drew a start in all 12 games for Falkner (8-4). Stats through 10 games showed the 2015 Division 1-1A Offensive MVP had 27 catches for 602 yards and eight receiving touchdowns in helping the Eagles to a fifth straight playoff appearance. He rushed for 60 yards and another score. At cornerback, he picked off three passes, recovered a fumble and collected 17 tackles.
Falkner coach Quess Hood said Northeast is getting a player with the tools to contribute at a high level and one who won't shy away from it.
"He is just naturally athletic. He's explosive. He can jump. He needs to get some weight on him for more strength but he's one of those guys who--in man-to-man coverage--can go up on people and catch some balls. " said Hood.
"He's clutch too. He wants the ball and that's what you want at the college level. You want people who aren't afraid to get the attention. And Deshun is definitely not afraid to get the attention."
Northeast finished 2-7 (1-5) under first-year coach Greg Davis in 2015.