In case you don’t know her, allow Alexis Samantha Johnson to introduce herself.
For starters, Johnson a senior multi-sport athlete at Covington High School, an institution that is approximately 30 minutes from Memphis.
She is an honor student who is well on her way to graduating in the top 10 percent of her graduating class in the spring.
Aside from having a monumental impact in the classroom, she has become a fixture for the Lady Chargers’ cross country team.
She has routinely provided favorable contributions for Covington’s track and field squad.
As if that’s not enough of a thorough introduction, she is the catalyst of a streaking Lady Charger basketball team that could very well find itself vying for a state championship sometime next month.
“She’s the type of kid who doesn’t want to sit around and not do anything,” said Nacquia Smith Johnson, Alexis Johnson’s mother, during a telephone interview with Sports Journalist Andre Johnson on Sunday. “She’s a true competitor.”
Let alone one who, as she tells it, doesn’t shy away from the notion of what she aspires to do when she sets foot on a college campus this fall.
Surely, Alexis Johnson — who’s ranked No. 6 overall in her graduating class and boasts a 3.96 grade point average — is optimistic mightily in that she will continue to fortify academic excellence at the collegiate level.
As for engaging college athletics, she’d be the first to tell you that embarking upon such a commendable feat will only add to what figures to a memorable college experience.
In a nutshell, this vibrant, assertive student athlete who boasts an array of resiliency appears destined to go full throttle even at the college level just as she has done for a majority of her prep career.
“Playing sports in college is a dream for me, because I have been doing it my whole life,” Alexis Johnson said. “I wouldn’t want all of my hard work and dedication to (sports) to be for nothing. I want to prove to everyone who has ever doubted me and said I can’t do it. Nothing is impossible for me to accomplish.”
Covington basketball coach Katrisha Glass echoed Alexis Johnson’s dauntless declaration on Monday prior to her team’s afternoon practice.
“Alexis Johnson is a young lady whose character is what one would like to see in every child that they come across,” Glass said. “I have coached Alexis for the last four years in basketball, and her hard work, dedication, and perseverance is what has left a lasting impression on me.”
All things considered, her resiliency and willingness to persevere are what college scouts and recruiters ought to take in account as it pertains to expressing interest in Alexis Johnson, Glass acknowledged.
Alexis Johnson trains regularly with Team Penny AAU hoops guru Jevonte Holmes as well and with Mid-South area trainer Frank Harris.
“Alexis’ zeal to want to be the best makes her stand out from the rest of her peers,” said Glass, whose team (17-4) is first in the Region 15-AA standings heading into Tuesday night’s game at Liberty Tech in Jackson. “She is not only a great athlete, but she is also an excellent student. She is very deserving of any (scholarship) that is offered to her. Whatever Alexis sets her mind to, she will achieve it. Her humbleness and willingness to help out her teammates are qualities that will help her excel not only in sports, but also in life.”
As far as athletics go, Alexis Johnson works out virtually “daily” to fine-tune her mechanics, most notably her basketball fundamentals. According to the 5-foot-9 combo guard, now is not the time to become complacent, considering she’s doing everything she deems necessary to make a favorable impression upon college scouts and recruiters.
“A college that chooses me will inherit an athlete that will not give up and will do whatever it takes to get to the top,” Alexis Johnson said.
Not bad for a solid introduction.
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