Vadal Alexander commits to LSU

LSU picked up a commitment from 4-star OL Vadal Alexander Monday

Fresh off an SEC win over Florida and still carrying a No. 1 ranking in the Associated Press poll, Monday brought great news for the future of the LSU program.

Buford, Ga., offensive lineman Vadal Alexander, a four-star and the No. 158-ranked overall prospect in the country, dialed up LSU coach Les Miles and committed to play for the Tigers.

"I knew it was time, so I wanted to commit and go public with things," Alexander said. "I called up coaches from Auburn and Alabama and told them my decision, then I called to LSU.

"Coach Miles was thrilled. Everyone knows how he gets when someone commits to LSU. He was just screaming and telling me how happy it made him."

A native of New Orleans, most figured Alexander, who made multiple games in Tiger Stadium and been on hand for summer camps and spring practices, to be a longtime lock to LSU.

That didn't turn out to be the case.

"I was going into this past weekend with Auburn as my No. 1 school," Alexander said. "Then I just had a really good weekend in Baton Rouge, where I got to spend time with a lot of commitments, like Patrick Miller and Avery Johnson and Reid Ferguson.

"LSU has always been a good place for me, and that set in with my family there and me being around the team and commitments. That was a really big factor. Leaving the weekend, I knew where I really wanted to go."

Sophomore left tackle Chris Faulk hosted Alexander, which helped Alexander get a glimpse into what his future on the LSU line would be like.

"Chris was a really great host," Alexander said. "We basically just chilled and talked about what LSU was like. He told me that (strength and conditioning coordinator Tommy Moffitt) would get me into great shape and that (offensive line coach Greg Studrawa) was a great coach and could really help me develop.

"Overall though, he stressed we would have fun. He said LSU players are there to get better and have fun with the game."

Alexander also credited a number of assistant coaches for helping reel him into the program.

"I got to know a lot of the LSU coaches on a personal level, and that was big for me," he said. "Coach (Ron) Cooper was recruiting my area, so I got close with him. Of course, I was always talking with coach Stud and coach Miles. Then I even got close with Frank Wilson.

"Everyone was down to earth and wanted me to be a part of the program, and I got along great with them all."

Alexander, a 6-foot-6, 310-pounder who plays exclusively at left tackle on Friday nights, said that Studrawa likes the idea of keeping him on the outside in college.

"I don't care where I play, because I just want to help the team," Alexander said. "But Coach Stud said he sees me as a tackle. I'm sure we will get more into that when I get to campus."

Even better news for LSU fans, Alexander will graduate from Buford High in December and enroll at LSU for January.

"I want LSU fans to know that I am just ready to go and represent the school," he said. "I am an early graduate, which means I could be getting to campus as they are playing for a national championship. That would be really cool.

"No matter what though, I am going to be there ready to get a head start on things with a good spring semester."

"I just committed to LSU and I am ready to go public with it,"said.

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