Summer vacation is over and school has begun. High school football is back in full swing. For Clayton Alexander the road back to the football field has been a long one. On a Saturday, August 27, the return for Alexander would be complete.
Last season, one friday night October 16, 2015, Clayton Alexander would leave the game against Clovis East with an injury which would end his season early. I was there that night when the stadium went quiet. Alexander went down on a seemingly routine play but when the medical staff reached him it was quite apparent that the injury was more than a minor one. It was then discovered that Alexander had broken his tibia in his leg.
For Alexander this would set his recruitment on hold. Before the injury, he did however show flashes of a talented player. This was enough to spark the interest in a few schools. Alexander is a two way player, playing both offense and defense. Though he plays a very good defensive end position, the schools have shown interest in him at the tight end position on offense and for good reason.
At 6-foot-3 230-pounds Alexander proves to be a reliable and favorite target for Clovis QB Trey Lake. Once the Clovis High offense reaches the red zone it's no secret that Alexander is the playmaker that the offense is looking for and that the defense is trying to shut down. He’s a very physical and athletic player with great hands. Once he catches the ball he can be very hard to bring down.
It doesn’t end there for Alexander. With all the skills he shows as a receiving tight end he’s as equally good blocking for the running game down in the trenches. Once he keys in on a defender Alexander squares up and drives his legs pushing the defender out of position and at times to the ground. He posses the strength and athletic ability that any division I football program would be happy with.
When asked at what position he preferred and would like to play at next level, Clayton responded,”It doesn’t matter, whatever the coaches want me to play is fine with me.”
Though his recruitment slowed after his injury last season, a handful of schools have shown interest. Cal Poly, Nevada, and Fresno State.
When asked about how his recruitment with Fresno State was going, Clayton mentioned that Fresno State coaches wanted to see more of him this season before making a decision. They just didn’t have enough to go on up until Alexander suffered his season ending injury.
When asked about the possibility of playing in a Bulldog uniform, “I would love the opportunity to play for the hometown team and in front of the hometown fans.”
Alexander is poised to have a big season this year, which should land him his first offer soon.