Ulysses Alexander, a 6-4, 200-pound wide receiver from Northwestern High School, is headed to Auburn to play football for the Tigers after signing a scholarship with AU on Thursday. Paperwork was completed on Wednesday afternoon to void his scholarship with Tennessee.
Alexander, who is driving to the AU campus from Miami, is expected to arrive at his new college home late Thursday night.
"I am coming to Auburn because there are great coaches, great players there and a great team atmosphere," he tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I think that I will fit in there because I am a great wide receiver."
Alexander was headed to Knoxville to play for the University of Tennessee. However, the Vols over-signed and asked him to grayshirt and enroll in January.
The wide receiver notes that he was ready to play immediately and decided to look for another college. His uncle, rap star Luther Campbell of 2 Live Crew, knew Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville from the coach's days at the University of Miami. Campbell called Auburn and the Tigers were interested.
"Luther Campbell is like my second father," Alexander says. "He is the one who made the call to Auburn. Me and my family consult with him on a variety of matters. We found out they had a spot available and when they told us they were interested Auburn is where I wanted to go.
"I am really impressed with Auburn," Alexander adds. "They are coming off a 13-0 season and there is a lot to like about the program there."
Alexander says he has no hard feelings toward Tennessee. "I really don't want to talk about what happened with that, but I will say that there are a lot of good people and coaches there and I wish them well and appreciate them signing me," he says. "However, I am not going to look back. My attention is on coming to Auburn to play football and I am excited about that."
Alexander will become the 85th player on scholarship for the Tigers this year. AU had two signees fail to qualify. Offensive lineman Michael Harness is planning to attend Hargrave Military Academy and is expected to join the team in January. Linebacker Rex Sharpe is scheduled to attend Butler County Community College in Kansas.
Alexander says he is a three-year starter and football is the only sport he plays. The honorable mention All-Dade County selection says that he had 30 catches as a sophomore and he also played defensive end at Northwestern.
The receiver says he currently is 6-4, 200 pounds and that his fastest 40-time is 4.45.
He says that he is ready to compete for playing time in college. "I have been working out with a lot of pro players and have been to the Cris Carter Camp and that has helped me," he says. "Our high school has produced a lot of guys who have gone on to the NFL and I have had a chance to work out with those guys."
He says he has gotten pointers from a variety of pro players, including NFL star Randy Moss.
Alexander says in high school he was nicknamed Super Mario. "My teammates and coaches gave me that name because middle name is Mario and whenever they needed a big play I would take care of it," he says.
Alexander definitely fits the category as a surprise signee for the Tigers. He didn't attend any Auburn camps last year and was not a player who took any visits to AU, either officially or unofficially.
"I have never been to Auburn before," he notes. "I am excited to get there."