August 26, 2010

2012 LB looking for dominant season

Oxford High School is expected to be one of the powerhouses of high school football in the state of Alabama this season, led by a number of Division I prospects including 2012 linebacker Kwon Alexander. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound athlete will be taking on an expanded role this season and hopes to establish himself as one of the elite defensive players in the state.

"Our whole team has been working extremely hard this offseason," Alexander said. "We know we have a strong team this year and we feel we have a chance to make a run at a state title so we're all giving it our all to make sure that we make the most of this opportunity."

"I've been trying to improve my strength and bulk up a little bit. I'm going to play a little bit of wide receiver and defensive back this year too though so I'm trying to make sure that I maintain my speed and quickness."

Recruiting has been a big part of Alexander's summer with more than a dozen offers rolling in from major programs from every corner of the nation. Alexander said he plans on keeping the lines of communication open throughout the season when it comes to recruiting.

"I'm going to keep things going the way they've been going during the season, as far as recruiting goes. I'll be keeping in touch with all the coaches who have been recruiting me and I'll probably start to narrow my list down as the season goes on. I know for sure I'll be at the Alabama-Penn State and Tennessee-Oregon games and I'm going to try to make it to a game at Texas at some point this season too."

The Longhorns have made a strong recent push in the race for Alexander's commitment and figure to remain a strong player well into next spring.

"Texas wasn't really talking to me much going into the summer but they have really come on strong. I went down for an unofficial visit this summer and I got a chance to check out the campus and meet the coaches. It was great and they really showed me a lot of attention. I'll be going back for the Junior Day next year."

While Alexander said he has no favorites at this point, there are several schools that have made a stronger push than others in the amount of attention they've shown him to date.

"Right now, I'd say the schools I'm hearing from the most are Alabama, Florida and Auburn and Texas is now starting to get into the picture too. UCLA has also shown me a lot of love so far. I've been an Alabama fan all my life but I'm going to try not to let that affect my decision because this is such an important choice for me in my life."

Several of the state's top 2012 prospects have mentioned publicly that they have an interest in playing together and Alexander echoed that sentiment.

"Me, Jameis Winston, Reggie Ragland and several other guys from our class all keep in touch. We are all talking about playing together somewhere and it's something that definitely sounds interesting to me. Going in somewhere together as a group will give you a good starting point in college."

Oxford opens the season Friday night against Carrollton (GA) High School.

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