Alexander Hopes to Attend Freak Show

A.J. Alexander received a Twitter direct message about a week ago from Seth Littrell.

In the message, Littrell, North Carolina's offensive coordinator and tight ends coach, asked Alexander to give him a call. When Alexander obliged, he learned that UNC was the newest school to offer him a scholarship.

"I was excited," Alexander said. "I've been interested in them for a while. I figured they weren't interested. I knew they were talking to a lot of 2015 kids early, so I figured that they wouldn't be talking to me. So when it finally came, I was kind of happy and relieved."

Around 25 schools have offered Alexander, a 6-foot-2, 215-pounder from Burke (Va.) Lake Braddock. Highlighting that group are Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Ohio State, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

Now in possession of the Tar Heel offer, Alexander is working on plans to attend Fedora's Freak Show later this month. He previously camped at UNC last July.

"I know that the Freak Show will be an opportunity to showcase my talents among the top prospects in the country," Alexander said. "So I want to show Carolina why it should have faith in me and trust me with an offer. So I just want to go out there and ball.

"On my campus tour last time, Caleb [Henderson] was already committed, so I got to see pretty much everything. But now I just want to see a little more of the academic side."

Also during their phone conversation last week, Littrell discussed positions with Alexander. According to Alexander, UNC sees him as either a big, possession receiver or a tight end in the mold of Eric Ebron.

"I don't know yet how I feel about [playing tight end]," Alexander said. "It's an unknown thing to me, at least. I've never play it before. I watched [Ebron] and he had a lot of success. Our school is losing Caleb, so we're going to have to do something different this year and probably have an H-back in our system – we'll see if I play that. Hopefully, I get a little bit of experience with it."

With Alexander the go-to receiving target and Henderson at quarterback, Lake Braddock went 13-1 in 2013, losing in the fourth round of the playoffs. On the season, Alexander recorded 41 catches for 650 yards and seven touchdowns.

Speaking of Henderson, he'll be enrolling at UNC in less than a week. He's been Alexander's quarterback – plus good friend – the past couple of seasons.

"[Having Henderson] sparks my interest a little bit more," Alexander said. "It will be cool to play with somebody that's a high caliber quarterback like Caleb. Along with that, he was also my former teammate."

Shortly after committing to UNC himself, Henderson began recruiting Alexander.

"I just got the offer, so it's in the coaches' hands and my hands to make the decision," Alexander said. "But [Henderson] is still in my ear about it and we're having fun with this whole process."

Prior to Littrell's message, Alexander says it'd been a long time since he had last heard from UNC.

"Coach Littrell told me that a kid he had committed was also talking to other schools and that put him in a rough position because he wanted to be committed to the kid," Alexander said.

Alexander says UNC has some ground to make up because of the gap in communication. He added that the Tar Heels' disadvantage isn't significant.

"A good opportunity is a good opportunity no matter when it comes," Alexander said. "I have a few more schools that I'm still considering. I just have to weigh my options."

On that note, Alexander, who is still open to every school that has offered him, lists UNC among the schools that are standing out.

"I just got UNC, which is really cool," Alexander said. "Ohio State is a big-time one. Wisconsin is a big-time. Nebraska is big-time. Rutgers and Wake Forest [are high on my list]. But there's really no top school. I don't really have any order."

Between school obligations and his track season, Alexander hasn't been able to take too many recruiting trips. Northwestern, Rutgers, and Wake Forest were among his limited stops. This past weekend, he was supposed to visit Ohio State, but a track meet prevented the trip.

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