Bluechip Recruit Showing Some Love For Tigers

This talented in-state prospect tells why he was impressed with the gameday atmosphere for Auburn's home opener.

Phenix City, Ala.--Earl Alexander is one of the most interesting prospects in the state of Alabama this year and he says that Auburn has a very interesting program football program he is considering.

The 6-4, 203-pound athlete with 4.5 speed plays quarterback for Central-Phenix City and has the tools to play that position on the Division I level, but could very well be even more of a threat at wide receiver.

That combination of factors has garnered him a lot of recruiting attention from across the South and number of scholarship offers from big-time programs.

Among the programs to offer Alexander a scholarship is Auburn, and the Central High star watched the Tigers' season opener versus Georgia Tech on Saturday night and says he had an impressive unofficial visit.

"We came up and we got to walk around campus a little bit just to see the atmosphere on gameday and it was cool," he says. "We got to walk around on the field a little bit. Then, it was time for the Tiger Walk. Then, they came in and we got to talk with some of the coaches, and I got a chance to talk with Coach (Greg) Knox and Coach (Joe) Whitt."

Alexander says he was very impressed with the gameday atmosphere on Saturday. "I love it man," he says. "That is what you live for. It is what a football player lives for. The crowd is so into it, I mean 87,000-plus fans. You cannot ask for anything better than that just to come into that kind of atmosphere and play ball and do something that you love."

He also notes that he enjoyed spending some time with a couple of the Tigers' coaches. "That went well," he says, "I talked to Coach Whitt, who is my recruiting coach, and he asked me how I liked it. We were just talking business about what Auburn has to offer and just talking about where I stand.

"I talked to Coach Knox (Auburn's receivers coach) also and he wanted to make sure that I made it down for some more games and that this wasn't going to be my last one."

The speedy quarterback notes that Whitt let him know that the Tigers are interested in him for more than just one position. "I am being recruited as a quarterback and an athlete," Alexander says. "They have said that they will give me a chance at quarterback, and that if I can play and I feel comfortable like I am now then I can stay there, and if I don't I can move."

Alexander says that the Auburn offense is a system that he feels like he could excel in with some hard work. "I like the offense," he explains. "It is a quarterback offense without a doubt. I feel that I can play in the offense and that I would fit well in the offense throwing the ball and reading the defenses. For me to try and play in that offense, I feel that it is a challenge to me, and I feel that I can do it, but it would be a challenge."

Alexander is shown in a passing drill earlier this summer as AU assistant coach Steve Ensminger watches the action.

Overall, he says that the Tigers are certainly a team that is going to be right in the thick of things for his signature in February. "I feel that Auburn is still a high contender," Alexander notes."I know Auburn has two quarterbacks that have committed to Auburn, but there are no guarantees that they are going to go so I am going to see how that plays out.

"But, no matter where I go I know I am going to have to battle for a position so therefore I am willing to work for a position," he adds. "Like I said, they are still one of my top schools that I would love to go to and love to attend."

Along with the Tigers, Alexander explains that he is also interested in Georgia, Alabama, Clemson, Louisville and LSU, which he has offers from. He also notes that he is planning on checking out games at as many of those colleges as possible this fall and adds that he will be at a game every weekend, including the Auburn vs. Mississippi State game this Saturday.

Alexander's Red Devils are unbeaten this season and he feels good about the way Central is playing. "We are 2-0 and you can't ask for anything better than that," he notes. "We just came off a big win over Smiths Station, one of our biggest rivalries and one of our region games."

Alexander says he is also happy with how he is playing. "Against Shaw I think I had 11 carries for 97 yards and a touchdown," he notes. "I was 5-9 on passing for 80 something yards and a touchdown. Against Smiths Station I had 16 carries for 96 yards and two touchdowns and I was 5-9 again for 112 yards and a touchdown."

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