Alexander prepares for Arkansas camp

North Little Rock CB Kavin Alexander is preparing for the Arkansas football camp and The Opening.

Kavin Alexander has a busy summer ahead of him.

As the North Little Rock cornerback continues to focus on the upcoming season, he will also be bouncing between football teams' camps and will also participate in The Opening at the Nike headquarters.

"My preparation for (The Opening), I've been working a lot after summer workouts," Alexander said. "After workouts, I'll stay out there working on specific things. I do like speed training, the shuttle and the 40-yard dash. And not only do I have to prepare for the combine stuff, but 7-on-7 and 1-on-1 and things like that."

One of the camps in which Alexander will participate is the Arkansas football camp. He will be at the Razorbacks' camp Monday and he said he hopes to hear good news.

"I'm looking forward to going out there and competing with the best competition and show them what I can really do," Alexander said. "That's what Coach (Bret) Bielema and his staff wants to see. He told me if I come to the camp and do well, I could get an offer. So my goal is to work as hard as I can to get an offer."

Alexander said on a scale of one to 10, he would rate his interest for Arkansas at nine.

"I'm super high on Arkansas," he said. "My cousin went there and my family wants me to go there, so they are really high on the list.

"For one, the players, I got a lot from the incoming freshman that are going up there. They are reaching out to me and showing that they want to have like a family-based football team. They really make an effort to reach out to you and contact you and help you out and do whatever they need to help get you up there."

Alexander's cousin that played at Arkansas is arguably the Razorbacks' best player ever, Darren McFadden. McFadden rushed for 4,590 yards in his three-year career at Arkansas, winning two Doak Walker awards and finishing second in the Heisman voting in back-to-back seasons.

McFadden, Joe Adams and D.J. Williams, all Little Rock natives, Tyler Wilson of Greenwood and Jarius Wright of Warren are a few of the record-breaking Natural State natives that have played for the Razorbacks in the past six years.

Since taking the job at Arkansas, Bielema has expressed his desire to keep in-state talent at home. At his introductory press conference, he said he planned on "throwing a fence around the state borders." Alexander said he thought this recruiting philosophy was key for any football program and is another reason to be interested at Arkansas.

"I think it's really important because most of the big-time college programs recruit guys in state before they go out of state," Alexander said. "You know, when you get the big in-state prospect, there's a different type of mentality that comes along with those players than the ones outside of the state. That's because they've been there and they know what the expectation is because they grew up around it.

"I think in-state players can have the biggest impact on the success of a team."

The 5-foot-9, 182-pound cornerback said he has drawn interest from several schools, including Southeastern Conference foes Alabama, Auburn, Florida, LSU, Ole Miss, and the ACC's Georgia Tech.

Some of the reasoning of his interest from high-profile football programs may root from his performance at the Dallas Nike Combine. Alexander recorded the second highest SPARQ score of all time with a 148.17.

Alexander ran the 40-yard dash in a laser-timed 4.36 seconds, recorded a 40.5 inch vertical leap and ran the pro-shuttle in 3.9 seconds.

"I impressed myself," Alexander said. "It was a blessing to be able to go down there at all and then to have the second highest SPARQ rating in history, that was amazing. I had some high expectations but they weren't that high. I didn't imagine going down there and setting the bar for the nation for this year. That was amazing."

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