Alexander a fit for Gator offense

There has been a steady flow of prospective talent visiting the Florida Gator practice fields this spring. Tuesday saw two visitors from Lakeland that have been recruited hard by the Gators. Lakeland Christian Academy quarterback Christian Alexander and running back T.J. Simmons were in attendance and watched the new Florida offense do its thing. Alexander came away impressed.

Christian Alexander is both a quality thrower and an athletic quarterback, a dual threat guy that can hurt you with his feet or his arm. The Florida Gators have changed their offensive style from a drop back system to more of a system requiring a quarterback to be able to throw and run. Alexander watched Florida practiced on Tuesday and thought he would fit right in.

"It went good, I got to watch practice," he said. "I like (the offense) lot. I like the read option and also the pro-style type throwing game."

Florida's offensive coordinator has been installing the new offense and for players and others watching Kurt Roper has come off as a guy that is really in tuned to what needs to be done and more importantly, how to get it done. Roper knows all about Alexander and although he hasn't offered the young man a scholarship yet, he plans on checking in on him in May to get a firsthand look at him.

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"Coach Roper is a great coach and a good guy," Alexander said. "He said that he will be visiting me this spring."

As for Lakeland Christian, they will be leaning on Alexander and Simmons and looking for big things in 2014. Alexander knows he needs to be at the top of his game to accomplish team and personal goals.

"We are going to be really good," Alexander said. "We're just taking it one day at a time. I just need to keep working on everything. No matter what level I am on I have to keep working. I am just looking forward to spending my last season on the field with my boys."

And as far as the recruiting process goes, Alexander is ready to reprove himself to college coaches that come by to visit this spring.

"No top schools," he said if there is a leader for his services. "I am just looking forward to working hard this spring."


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