Alexander: MSU "was like home to me"

Macedonia (Ohio) Nordonia defensive end makes seven for Michigan State in 2015 with his commitment Sunday morning. He talks why Michigan State stood out and became his choice.

On his way back from Tennessee on Saturday, Justice Alexander spent the whole time talking with his family about his recruitment.

Again on Sunday morning they talked and the conclusion was reached: The Macedonia (Ohio) Nordonia defensive end was going to make his commitment to Michigan State.

"I felt like Michigan State was the place for me and it is where I want to go," Alexander said. "I feel like it was the best school for me. I loved it. It was like home to me."

The 6-foot-6, 245-pound Alexander picked up an offer from the Spartans after a strong camp performance on June 1. Since then, he earned offers from Pitt and Tennessee at camps as well.

"All the schools were the same, but Michigan State stood out more than the other schools," he said.

So Alexander picked up the phone Sunday and called MSU coach Mark Dantonio, who picked up and answered … in another country.

"He was pretty surprised because he is in Italy," Alexander said. "He was like, ‘Oh yes, you can be a Spartan.'

"He was just making sure nobody pressured me and I said no this is what I want and this the school I want to go to."

He pointed to the environment at Michigan State as why he loved the school so much, as well as the philosophy and defensive line coach Ron Burton.

"I just felt like it was more the environment that I'm used to," Alexander said. "It was the coaching and the way they coached at the camp. I loved it. I loved the drills they were doing.

"I just loved how Coach Burton talked to the players. I liked how he got at them. It reminded me of my defensive coordinator and coach. He got me a lot better in the two months I've known him. I felt like he could do the same thing but even better."

With camp being the only time he has been on campus, Alexander plans to get back to Michigan State soon and take in more as the school's seventh commitment in the 2015 class.

He is the third in the past eight days, with Jackson (Mich.) Lumen Christian athlete Khari Willis and Georgetown (Ky.) Scott athlete Grayson Miller also recently joining the class.

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