October 5, 2010

Alexander talks UA visit

Among the bevy of junior in-state stars on hand to witness Alabama's 31-6 thrashing of the Florida Gators over the weekend was Oxford linebacker Kwon Alexander, one of the state's most heavily recruited junior prospects. The 6-foot-2, 212-pound defender has visited Bryant-Denny Stadium for games in the past but said the atmosphere last weekend may have been the best he's seen there yet.

"It was a great experience, one my favorite trips to Alabama," Alexander said. "I thought it was going to be one of those classic close battles but Alabama just had more than Florida. They got on top of them right from the start and just never let Florida back in it. The atmosphere was great. It was probably the loudest I've ever heard it there but it's hard to tell because it's always loud. You could tell the crowd really wanted this one."

Before kickoff, Alexander got a chance to sit down with head coach Nick Saban to discuss the Tide program and his potential role in the UA defense.

"I talked to Coach Saban before the game for a few minutes. He talked to me about how if I come to Alabama, it won't just be about football. He wants to help me succeed in academics, help put me in a good position for business school if I'm interested and help me to be the best person and the best member of society I can be when I leave."

After focusing on the Tide linebackers during the game, Alexander said it's effort and intensity that sets Alabama's defensive unit apart from other programs around the nation.

"The thing that really separates Alabama's linebackers from the linebacker units you see at other schools is that the guys at Alabama play all out every single snap. They are always focused, always intense and they never go half-speed. They look like it's the biggest play of the game every single down. The way they keep their intensity up is amazing and I think it's why they look so much better than any other team in the country."

Alexander is one of a group of in-state prospects in the Class of 2012 that have developed close relationships with one another and have discussed the possibility of playing at the same school together should the opportunity arise.

"I got to hang out before the game with a bunch of the guys from around the state that I've gotten to know in the last few years. Reggie Ragland, Jameis Winston, Trae Elston and a bunch of other guys, we all spent some time together talking about what we saw and what kind of program Alabama has built for themselves."

"I've seen some of these guys from my class are already making their commitments and I guess if I felt like I knew for sure where I wanted to go, I wouldn't hesitate to commit. I think I probably won't be ready to make that kind of decision until my senior year but you never know. I won't hesitate once I know in my heart where I want to play."

Alexander boast a 4.51 forty time.

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