SPARQ-ing Recruitment

North Little Rock cornerback Kavin Alexander (5-9, 185, 4.36) is still waiting for his first Division I offer, but hopes putting up the nation's top SPARQ score - and the second-best ever - last weekend in Dallas is going to jump start his recruiting process.

North Little Rock speedster Kavin Alexander gets it, but that doesn't mean he is going to accept it.

Despite having the nation's second highest SQARQ score ever of 148.17 – achieved this past weekend at a Nike Combine in Dallas – he still does not have any Division I football scholarship offers.

That can only be attributed to the fact that he is a 5-9 cornerback.

"I know that my size is the thing," Alexander said. "It is the reason the offers are not there yet. But I am going to keep working hard and show the coaches that great things come in small packages. I watched Tyrann Mathieu (5-9, 186) play for LSU and he had great success – at least on the field – and he was a 5-9 cornerback.

"I know the offers are going to come," Alexander added. "I think this last weekend will help me and I'm thinking getting the invitation to The Opening will get my name out there even more."

Alexander (5-9, 185, 4.36) – who Arkansas has interest in and is the teammate of Arkansas tailback commit Juan Day (6-1, 210) - did indeed get invited The Opening, Nike's prestigious camp in Portland, Oregon. There are only 100 players across the country who earned the invite.

"We were sitting around there after the camp was over on Sunday and all of a sudden I thought I heard my name called out," Alexander said. "The guy next to me said 'hey, that's you, get up there.' They let me know that I was getting one of the Golden Tickets."

It is the second time in three years that a North Little Rock player had earned a Golden Ticket with Alabama signee Altee Tenpenny bursting on the scene when he took the same path.

"It really helped out Altee and I am certain it is going to help me out," Alexander said. "I am excited about the opportunity and I want to really go up and represent the state of Arkansas by doing a great job."

Alexander was a bit surprised by his high score – which is based on a 40-yard dash time (4.36), vertical jump (40.5), pro shuttle (3.9) and throwing a 6.6 pound weight (42 ½ feet).

That 148.17 score is easily the best this year with the next best being a 126.63 by Dontrell Hillard of Baton Rouge (LA) Scotlandville Magnet.

"I had a 129 last year and my goal was to get a higher score," Alexander said. "But I had no idea I could get it up that high. My coach (Brad Bolding) did though. It is a great feeling. There were so many great athletes there and to put up the best score among them all is amazing."

Alexander has been getting interest from schools such as Arkansas, Auburn and Georgia Tech – three schools he has taken unofficial visits to this spring – as well as LSU, Michigan, Minnesota, Ole Miss and Memphis.

He has had a couple of conversations with Razorback defensive coordinator Chris Ash.

"Coach Ash has told me that they really like my speed and just want to see me work in camp and that I am very high on their list," Alexander said. "I am planning on coming to their camp and showing I can get the job done."

He also has plans to be at the Razorbacks' Red-White Game on April 20 with several of his teammates, including Day, who posted a score of 107.55 behind a 4.72 in the 40-yard dash, a pro shuttle time of 4.53, a 35.7 vertical jump and a power ball toss of 43 feet.

New teammate K.J. Hill (6-0, 180) – who transferred from Bryant after being named the co-Sophomore of the Year in the state by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette – put up a 115.14. He ran the 40 in 4.66, the pro shuttle in 4.00. leaped 35.6 inches and tossed the power ball 39 feet.

"We are all looking forward to coming up there and watching them practice," Alexander said. "We have a great group of guys and a lot of talent."

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