Looks like this defensive thing is going to work out pretty well for Arkansas football commitment and Tulsa Booker T. Washington standout Dominque Alexander.
Alexander (6-2, 200) had 15 tackles, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and two passes broken up from his "Star" spot Friday night as his team downed Oklahoma City Douglass 24-7 in Tulsa.
"I thought I played pretty well individually even though they did not run to my side," Alexander said of his team's season opener. "I just had to run them down and get them from the backside and I think I had a pretty good night doing that with 10 solo tackles and five assists."
Alexander, who Arkansas sees as either a safety or in its own linebacker/hybrid safety also called Star, had previously made his name as a quarterback and wide receiver.
He relished the move to defense for this season.
"I think that is where my future is and I have jumped in there with all my heart," Alexander said. "I think it really fits me."
Booker T. Washington's win came in the resumption of what use to be a big rivalry up until the two teams quit scheduling each other in 2000.
The two teams did meet in the playoffs in 2002 and decided now was the right now to start it back.
"We are known as the orange and black team from Tulsa and they are known as the orange and black team from Oklahoma City," Alexander said. "So we had to go out there and show them who the best orange and black team was.
"I think they rushed 42 times for just over 100 yards so we did a real good job with our goal, which was to stuff the run," Alexander added.
Alexander, who will be on hand for Arkansas' Sept. 15th game with visiting Alabama, is one of 14 Razorback pledges already in the 2013 recruiting class.
"I get up every morning and check the recruiting websites and see what is going on," Alexander said. "I see some have us in the 20s and some in the 30s, but we are doing a real good job at getting guys that fit at Arkansas.
I think we are doing a great job, especially with the way the coaching situation is an unknown," Alexander added.
Booker T. Washington returns to action next week when it hosts McAlester on Friday night.
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Other recruiting targets and their performances:
• Hunter Henry, TE, Pulaski Academy: The Razorbacks' top-rated pledge had a touchdown catch of 16 yards in his team's 49-39 loss at California power Chaminade.
• Tyler Cogswell, QB, Plantation (FL) American Heritage: The Razorback QB commit was 12-of-17 passing for 351 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions in his team's 48-6 win over Clewiston.
• QB Austin Allen, LB Brooks Ellis and S Alex Brignoni, Fayetteville: Allen was sacked six times while completing 18-of-36 passes for 263 yards with one TD (a 5-yard pass to Ellis) and two interceptions in a 42-20 loss to Memphis University School Thursday night at Razorback Stadium.
Brignoni did not play due to a hamstring injury in the season opener for the three Arkansas commits.
• Kaleb Blanchard, TB, Denham Springs, La: Razorback pledge Blanchard and his team open the season Sunday at 2 p.m. against Baton Rouge (LA) Broadmoor.
• Deondre Skinner, TE, Patterson, La.: The Razorback commit will get his season underway Saturday afternoon when Patterson faces Crowley.
• Khari Harding, S, Edmond (OK) Sante Fe: It was a 50-42 win over Midwest City Friday night for the UA commit.
• Jervenski Johnson, WR, Amite, La: The Razorback pledge and his team will open the season next Friday against visiting Ponchatoula.
• Altee Tenpenny, TB, North Little Rock – The Alabama commit that Arkansas would love to flip had 75 yards and two touchdowns while playing the first half of his team's 48-6 win over Lake Hamilton.
• Jarvis Cooper, FB-LB, West Memphis: Cooper is a junior standout that Arkansas is recruiting. He had 60 yards rushing and three TDs in his team's 41-17 win over Ashdown.
• Myke Tavarres, LB, College of the Siskiyous and Carroll Washington, CB, Hartnell CC: Both of the Razorbacks junior college commits will open their seasons on Saturday.
• Ty Storey, QB, Charleston: The 2015 prospect passed for 248 yards, two scores and ran for two more in his Class 3A team's 40-20 win over Class 5A Clarksville.
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