Commitment Profile: Alex Dale

Standing five-foot-nine, Cincinnati commit Alex Dale knows that he has something to prove when he arrives on campus. Bearcat Insider recently spoke with Dale to get an update on his life since pledging to the Bearcats.

Memphis cornerback Alex Dale does not get as much publicity as many of the other Cincinnati commitments in the class of 2012, but he will have the same opportunity to make his presence felt at the next level.

In a recent interview, Dale said that he is working hard to prove people wrong and that he can't wait to get on campus at Cincinnati to show what he can do.

How did your senior season go?

"It went pretty well, individually. The main goal was to win state, but that didn't happen."

The first thing that many people are going to see when looking at your profile is your size (5-9, 175). How do you compensate for being a little smaller than some other cornerback prospects?

"I probably am more physical than most corners that I've seen. I think that I have longer arms, which kind of helps with jamming and defending passes and things like that. I just try to be physical and be in the right position."

What was it about Cincinnati that made you pledge your commitment?

"I went up there twice before I committed and it just felt like it was the perfect place for me. It was a family-oriented place, and they have been having some success recently, so it felt like the right place for me to be for the next four years."

Have any other schools been in contact with you since you made your commitment in June?

"Not really. There have been a couple of smaller schools, but I guess they didn't know that I had committed."

So your commitment to the Bearcats is extremely firm?

"Yes sir."

Are you still in frequent contact with the coaching staff at Cincinnati?

"I talk to my recruiting coach, Coach (Mark) Elder every week. He just made me feel at home when I visited up there, and I felt like he would be a perfect coach to play for."

What facets of your game will you continue to work on before you enroll arrive on campus?

"Definitely need to get stronger, especially upper-body wise. Get a little faster, so I can come in and learn the system."

What are your goals for your freshman season at Cincinnati?

"Definitely getting some playing time. It doesn't matter if it's special teams or situational. Just getting in the game in any way and helping the team."

Scouting Report

Despite his lack of ideal size for the position, Dale plays an extremely physical brand of football. He is very good at jamming receivers at the line and knocking them off of their routes down the field. He is very good in run support and is a solid open field tackler. The question with Dale is how his physicality will translate at the collegiate level when he is going against bigger, stronger receivers. He doesn't get in and out of breaks as quickly as you would like to see and he definitely could become susceptible to deep balls because he is a good, but not elite athlete. With a couple of years in a college strength program, Dale could potentially make the move to safety, where his skill-set would be better suited for productivity.

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