August 4, 2010

Oxford star piling up offers

Oxford (AL) outside linebacker Kwon Alexander has had a relatively quiet summer for a junior prospect with over a dozen offers. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound playmaker has kept things low key and stayed at home for most of the summer, in part so he could get in the extra preparation time he needed to prepare for playing on both defense and offense this fall for the first time.

"We started our two-a-days this week and I'm really getting excited about the season being so close," Alexander said. "It's going to be an interesting year for me since I'm learning a new position and still playing my old one. I'm going to be playing slot receiver and tight end. So far it's been really fun."

One of Alexander's few visits in recent months was to Texas on a visit with his teammate Trae Elston. While Alexander does not yet hold an offer from the Longhorns, Mack Brown's staff has shown a great deal of interest in the Alabama linebacker.

"I really liked the coaches and the facilities. The atmosphere there in Austin is great. Talking to the coaches, they felt like I would be a really good fit for what they do on defense."

While other major powers across the country continue to discover and recruit Alexander, it's the home state Crimson Tide that have been the most consistent so far in expressing their interest in the future star.

"Alabama is still the school I would say is recruiting me the hardest of anybody. I can really tell that they want me and they really have made me a priority for them. I know I will definitely go to some Alabama games this fall but I haven't picked out which ones yet."

Alexander plans on taking his time with his decision, though he does plan on picking out some front runners before the end of the season. Alexander also said that the opinions and decisions of some of his fellow 2012 blue chippers may factor into his decision.

"Over the course of this season I will hopefully be narrowing down my list so that I can just focus on a few schools going into next spring."

"I talk to a lot of the guys in my class that I've seen out there on the recruiting trail and we all kind of keep in touch and ask each other about different schools. I would say the guys I talk to the most are Jameis Winston, Reggie Ragland and Barry Sanders Jr. All of those guys are great players with a lot of options in front of them and I think it would be cool to play in college with any of them."

As a sophomore, Alexander recorded 133 tackles, including 44 tackles for loss and 8 sacks, for Oxford High School.

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