5-Star Alexander Names Top 5

The nation's number one rated outside linebacker has trimmed his list down to five schools. He also plans on taking an unofficial visit to Auburn for the Tigers' season opener against Utah State.

Oxford, Ala.—With scholarship offers from every major football school around the country, Oxford's five-star outside linebacker prospect Kwon Alexander has been taking a gradual approach to the recruiting process by slowly narrowing his list.

As his senior season has begun on the gridiron, Alexander has finally narrowed the long list down to five.

"I've got a tough decision," he explains. "It's Alabama, Auburn, Oregon... Miami was in there, but they've gotten in trouble… LSU and Florida State. So now I've got a top five."

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Alexander is shown in pregame warm-ups in Oxford's season opener against Carrollton, Ga., on Friday.

Alexander already has his official visit scheduled to Oregon for some time in October and is going to line up his official to LSU soon. "I really don't know which game right now," he says of Oregon. "I know Oregon and LSU. I really don't know the other three yet."

This summer Alexander visited "Auburn, Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Texas and Clemson." He also went Oregon for a Nike camp, but says he didn't get to see the campus at Eugene.

His last unofficial visit was to Auburn several weeks ago.

"It went good," Alexander says. "I got used to it. I got to talk to all of the coaches and players. I spent a couple of days up there. I hung out with Gabe Wright, Erique Florence, Kiehl Frazier and a couple more dudes. They're coming on strong, but I don't really know right now.

Safeties coach Tommy Thigpen is recruiting Alexander.

"I'm going to Auburn next week for the first week," Alexander notes. "Me and Coach Thigpen get along real good, and just the whole staff, I get along with all of them.

"They're in need of some linebackers," he adds of Auburn. "They've said that I could be second on the depth chart and I could have a chance of beating the other dude out."

Alabama's Bobby Williams is recruiting Alexander.

"They just want me to come down there and play," he says of the Crimson Tide. "I know they've got a whole bunch of linebackers, but I could still go in there, do my job and try to beat them out too."

At Oregon, head coach Chip Kelly has made an impression.

"They're just a great school," Alexander says. "They've got a great coach. I need to go check it out first and see what it's all about."

Florida State quarterbacks coach and recruiting coordinator Dameyune Craig has many ties in the state of Alabama. He won a state championship at Blount High School in Mobile in 1990, played at Auburn in the mid-90's and then coached at Tuskegee and South Alabama before joining Jimbo Fisher's staff.

He has been racking up the recruits in Alabama this year with commitments from Jameis Winston, Justin Shanks, Chris Casher and Alphonse Taylor.

"It's just a great school to go to," Alexander says of Florida State. "I heard they were No. 1 in recruiting last year, and they're going to have a great team this year. I'm just trying to get up there and see what it's about.

"They're coming in hard," he adds. "I guess Coach Craig is doing his job. They're getting all of the top players up here. I guess they want to go get that ring.

"Chris Casher and Jameis Winston are trying to make me go to Florida State. Reggie Ragland is trying to get me to go to Bama. Cassanova McKinzy--me and him are real cool--he's trying to get me to Auburn."

The final school in Alexander's top five is LSU.

"LSU's a great school, but I haven't been up there yet," he says. "I've been liking the school, but I need to go up there and check it out too for an official visit."

The nation's No. 1 outside linebacker says that there could be more schools joining the mix that he he's keeping an eye on. "I'm looking at a couple more schools, but that's probably about it right now. USC could possibly be in there. That's about it.

"It's just a great school with a great tradition," he notes of USC. "There are a lot of great players on campus."

Alexander says that he is planning on announcing on Signing Day, which is Feb. 1, 2012, and that the closer he gets to narrowing down his list of schools the tougher it gets, especially with his busy schedule this time of year.

"It's kind of getting hard," he explains. "I'm getting a lot of calls and stuff like that. During this time I have to concentrate on my work, study and all of that. I don't have time to be answering the phone. And my mom won't let me talk on the phone until I get my work done.

"I'm looking for academics, family, the city, great coaches and great people to be around."


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