February 9, 2011

Alexander up to 24 offers

Speed is always at a premium in college football and Oxford (AL) linebacker Kwon Alexander has plenty. The 6'2, 212 pounder who currently sits at 24 offers, is one of the top linebackers in the nation and among the Yellowhammer State's top prospects.

"I'm talking with nearly all of the schools that have offered me," said Alexander. "Right now, I'd say Oregon and Auburn are recruiting me the hardest. I don't have any leaders at this point."

Despite being pursued by a who's of college football, Alexander has yet to fully focus on recruiting.

"I've been playing a lot of basketball, so I haven't been on many visit ," he said. "I'm going to take visits with my dad after the season is over. I might go to some junior days with Trae Elston. We still have to figure it out."

Both friends and teammates, Alexander and Elston are open to the idea of playing together at the next level.

"We always talk about going to the same school- but if he wants to go to a different one than me, we'll go our separate ways. We would like to go to the same school, though."

In a state where residents pick one side of the Alabama-Auburn rivalry at an early age, Alexander is no different.

"I grew up an Alabama fan, but it won't have an effect on my decision," he said. "I have to pick the school that's best for me. Academics, family, playing time, and just being around good people will be what I look at when choosing a school."

Alexander, who has dominated high school competition for the better part of two years, is known for his patented closing speed and sideline-to-sideline ability.

"Kwon plays at our SAM backer spot," said Oxford head coach John Grass. "He plays in the box some and can move outside as well. We move him around so our opponents can't get a beat on him. He had a great year for us. He just got better from his sophomore year, which was phenomenal. He really has a nose for the football and is all over the field."

Alexander's father, Broderick Taylor, says Kwon has always been a natural at linebacker.

"When I first started him off in Pee Wee, he was a running back," Taylor said. "He spent two years at running back and then they said he was too big to carry the ball, so he switched to outside linebacker and has been there ever since."

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