After A.J. Alexander de-committed over the summer it looked as though he and Florida State had gone their separate ways. In December the two parties contacted each other and started talking again. One great official later, Alexander realized that in the end, Florida State is the best place for him. He said, "I just like FSU more than any other place I've been to. I feel like it's the perfect fit for me after all the visits and meetings with the coaches. I had told my mom before the visit I was thinking about committing again. We both loved the visit and it confirmed those thoughts. My mom even said that in two years after my sister graduates she may move down there. She really likes it there."
A.J. Alexander is one of the fastest players in the nation. At 6' and 180 pounds, he excels at many different positions. Projected as a receiver on the next level, the coaches at FSU are looking at him as an athlete, and they're going to decide where to put him once he gets on campus. "The meetings with the coaches were great. They love my versatility I bring. They were talking about me seeing some playing time next year. They said when I get there I will get my chance to do everything. They said that I'd be a smaller receiver, but if I flipped it I'd be a taller, more physical corner. That was interesting. I know for sure I'll be on the return team. Really, I don't care where I play, but I just want to play for Florida State," said Alexander.
Alexander had been to Florida State before when he came down for a camp, but this time he got a much better look into what FSU and Tallahassee have to offer. His host was Dionte Allen, and Alexander said they got along great, saying, "Dionte was my host. I was there Sunday and Monday, so they had school and stuff. We just chilled out. I met some of the other freshman. I meshed pretty well with everyone, and they were all real cool. I've already been talking to Zebrie Sanders telling him I'm gonna get him in the Big 33 game (an All-Star game between Ohio and Pennsylvania). I'm going to knock down a 300 pounder. Probably not, but I'm going to run by him. He said he wasn't going to apologize for what he was going to do to me."
Alexander is happy that this process is over with. He's been a heavily discussed prospect on team sites and the national board for quite some time. While some people may not agree with the way he handled his recruitment, Alexander is happy he did it and that it's over. "It feels good. I am happy," said Alexander. "I'm just ready to get down there and get going. They told me to just continue to keep getting stronger and when I get there they'll put me at a position."
A.J. brings a lot of speed to the program, and he is versatile enough that he can impact the return game immediately next year. Stay tuned to NoleDigest for further updates with A.J. and the rest of the 2008 recruiting class.