While North Little Rock cornerback Kavin Alexander is one of three players from the state of Arkansas who were invited to The Opening, there is no doubt that the Nike-sponsored presitgious event is most important to him.
After all, El Dorado defensive tackle Bijhon Jackson (6-2, 320) is firmly committed to the Razorbacks while Springdale Har-Ber defensive tackle Josh Frazier (6-4, 332) - who has Arkansas in his final five – has a plethora of opportunities.
But Alexander (5-9, 180, 4.3) – who has the nation's top SPARQ number this year - is still waiting for that coveted first elite offer and hopes it comes after a standout performance at a camp that invites the nation's best 150-plus players.
"I'm really excited about getting out there and just trying to make a name for myself and hopefully some offers will start coming my way," Alexander said. "I know that I just have to keep working hard and hope coaches see that I can compete back there with taller receivers."
Alexander did his best to show that to Razorback defensive coordinator Chris Ash during his recent participation at Arkansas Elite Camp in early June.
"It was great to work with him and he put me in a lot of situations to see how I could do – such as press coverage, moving my hips and stuff like that," Alexander said. "I felt like I did a really good job and showed him that I could compete and cover everybody out there."
He talked about much he likes Ash both as a coach and a person.
"I really enjoyed working with him at camp, he's a great coach and really knows what he is doing," Alexander said. " I have developed a great relationship with him, kind of a father figure to me. I would love to get a chance to play for him."
Ash has explained to Alexander where he is in the offering process.
"They want to keep evaluating me and see me in some action this fall," Alexander said. "I have a highlight tape of me playing corner last season, but there isn't a lot of it because they didn't throw my way a lot and I didn't want to have a lot of tape of me just back pedaling."
Arkansas, Georgia Tech and Ole Miss have shown the most interest.
"I don't know if they are close to offering or not, but those are the teams that have seem to be recruiting me the hardest and are the ones whose coaches keep up with me," Alexander said.
He is excited about having Jackson and Frazier with him at The Opening, which has been attended the last two years by former North Little Rock tailback and current Alabama incoming freshman Altee Tenpenny.
"Those are really cool guys and it is the most guys that we have had from Arkansas for it so it shows that the football talent in our state is getting better," Alexander said. "Altee is the only guy that has been invited before so it is nice for us to get three this year."
The campers arrive on Sunday and compete Monday through Wednesday.
"I am just really looking forward to getting there and learning from the top college and NFL players that are going to be around," Alexander said. "It really is a great honor and I want to take advantage of every minute."
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