Tigers Add Another Freshman Wide Receiver

Auburn's incoming football freshman class has grown a bit larger with a late signee.

Auburn, Ala.--Auburn has made a late addition to the 2005 incoming freshman football class, bringing in Ulysses Alexander, a 6-4, 200-pound wide receiver from Northwestern High in Miami, Fla.

Alexander was announced as a University of Tennessee signee in February. However, he is enrolling for fall semester classes at Auburn. Tennessee, which has run out of slots for incoming freshmen, was planning to have him to grayshirt and enroll at UT in January 2006. However, instead of waiting, the wide receiver has decided to attend Auburn.

On Wednesday, his paperwork to be released from the UT scholarship was approved and on Thursday he signed scholarship papers to attend Auburn, which is already into preseason practices which began on Tuesday.

Alexander was considered a surprise signee for the Vols. He was a low-profile recruit who was injured as a junior and did not make the prospect camp circuit prior to his senior season in which he played tight end and defensive end for the Bulls, who had a run-oriented offense. He still managed to score eight touchdowns on 40 receptions.

When Alexander signed with the Vols in February, he said he chose UT over Missisippi State. He was a signing day surprise to many followers of the Volunteers as a low profile prospect who was injured as a junior.

Ulysses Alexander

The following is a scouting report on Alexander by recruiting analyst Charles Fishbein of Scout.com's FloridaKids.us:

Strengths: "When Alexander lines up at receiver, the first thing you notice is the mismatch he presents for almost every defense he goes against. At close to 6-foot-6 he completely dwarfs any cornerback he faces at the high school level, and perhaps in college.

"He is a big target that makes it easy for any quarterback to find. He is a zone-buster, who will run toward a spot (soft zone) and set himself there, ready to catch the ball.

"Not only is Alexander a big target, but he is a threat after the catch. Inside the "red-zone", he is money - all the time. His size allows him to be physical at the line of scrimmage and get off the line. He is also a solid down field blocker on running plays.

WEAKNESS: "If Alexander has a weakness, he lacks breakaway speed. He does, however, make up for his lack of speed with quickness off the line. He does struggle at times to get separation, but as we have watched with other successful wideouts at the collegiate level, you can trade one for the other.

"One other thing he could improve on his overall strength, which will be remedied when he moves on to the next level."

With two of Auburn's 2005 signees, lineman Michael Harness and linebacker Rex Sharpe, not qualifying to enroll this fall, the Tigers have room to add Alexander as a scholarship player. Harness is planning to attend prep school this fall at Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia. Sharpe is scheduled to play at Butler County Community College in Kansas.

Auburn has another player on its roster from the Miami area who was a surprise late signee after originally planning to go to another SEC school. Redshirt freshman cornerback Lorenzo Ferguson, who was planning to grayshirt at LSU last fall, decided not to wait and enrolled at Auburn last August. He hoped to play last fall at AU, but wasn't sufficiently recovered from an injury to be able to do that.

Alexander is expected to report for practice as soon as possible. Fall semester classes at AU begin on August 17th.


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