July 31, 2011
Busy summer for Alexander
The summer has been a busy one for Oxford linebacker Kwon Alexander. The Rivals.com four-star made a stop recently in Tuscaloosa with his teammate Trae Elson, who worked out at Alabama's camp.
Alexander also traveled out to Oregon earlier this summer to compete in The Opening and said he plans to make a return trip to visit the University of Oregon. This weekend, he's on Auburn's campus for a visit.
The Alabama native plans to trim his list down to five before his season starts, and all three of those schools are expected to make the list. Other schools vying for his services include Florida, Florida State, LSU, Oklahoma, Ole Miss and USC.
What are the main factors that Alexander is looking at?
"Education, great place to be around, good coaches, great facilities, just everything at a school that a person would like," he said.
Every school is recruiting the 6-foot-2, 210-pound star as an outside linebacker, and Alabama would like to add him to an already sensational group of linebackers in the 2012 class. Alexander grew up a fan of the Crimson Tide.
"I like everything about (Alabama)," Alexander said. "Coach (Nick) Saban is a great coach. I like the school, the facilities, the players. It's a good place to be around."
On his latest trip to Tuscaloosa, Alexander got a chance to talk with Saban. Saban and the UA coaching staff are a big reason why Alabama is considered a favorite at this point.
"Coach Saban is just a great coach," Alexander said. "He's been there for awhile. He's been in the NFL, and he puts people in the league. "Coach (Kirby) Smart, he's a motivational speaker to me. He tells me stuff, and I just listen and go out there and do it."
Last year, the in-state star went to two Alabama games, including the Crimson Tide's big win over Florida. He hasn't set up any visits this fall yet but expects to make it back to Bryant-Denny Stadium for a game.
As a junior at Oxford High School, Alexander finished with over 140 tackles.
"He's just got a nose for the football, the ability to make plays getting to the football," Oxford head coach John Grass said. "When the ball's snapped, he recognizes that he's going to get it. There's no laying back. That's his biggest attribute."
Once he trims his list of schools down, Alexander plans to take five official visits this fall before making a decision on National Signing Day with his teammate Elston.
Reach Greg Ostendorf at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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