Southern Miss is offer No. 1

It's the time of year when visits and offers dominate conversation in the recruiting world as it collectively shifts to the 2014 prospect cycle. For Quade Alexander, his initial offer actually preceded a visit.

FOX Sports NEXT/ learned that Quade Alexander is no longer a prospect in search of his initial scholarship offer.

On Thursday, Southern Miss extended to the Florence (Ala.) defensive back, in a move that created a sense of relief.

"It felt great," he admitted. "I'm just glad that they are taking a chance on me.

"I had a few schools looking and they were the first ones to pull the trigger."

Alexander was at Auburn over the weekend for a Junior Day and he's set to visit Mississippi State for a similar event this upcoming weekend. But it was the Golden Eagles that became the first school to verbally offer the 6-foot, 175-pounder. He says he's not limited to one spot in the secondary.

"I can play corner or safety," he added.

As to why any school should court the junior, who admits he needs to get "bigger and stronger," it's simple. Check the tape.

"I think my aggressiveness and will to tackle stands out," he said. "Also, my speed and ball skills."

Alexander has yet to visit Southern Miss, but plans to do so at some point in the spring or summer.

"I really don't know much about USM," he admitted. "I'm really excited to get down there and check it out."

So who may be next to offer him?

"I'm hoping UAB, Memphis or Arkansas State." said Alexander.

The new offeree maintains that he does not pull for any one school as a fan, but that wasn't always the case.

Said Alexander, "In my younger days I was a huge Auburn fan, but since I've been in high school I haven't been really rooting for anyone.

"I just love watching the game of football no matter who's playing it."

Alexander (No. 1) during his junior season

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