Vadal Alexander and his family know Louisiana well, a fact that bodes well for the Tigers as they pick up their pursuit of one of the nation’s most coveted offensive line prospects.
Vadal and his parents moved from New Orleans when he was three years old, but family still residing in the city has brought Vadal and his parents back to the Bayou State time and again throughout his childhood.
With LSU on his early favorites list, Alexander made a trip to Baton Rouge in November to take in a game in Death Valley. On Saturday, the group returned for LSU’s Junior Day.
There wasn’t a crowd of purple and gold outside the stadium or raucous Saturday night spent in Death Valley, but the trip left the Alexanders even more impressed than before.
“It was just a lot more in depth than last time,” said Vadal. “I had a great time for the game, but a lot more information on the school came through on this trip. We saw all the facilities and the academic center, and the coaches were there the whole time. They took my parents and I and walked us through what to expect if I came to LSU. I got a true feel for what being a student-athlete meant and how it worked.”
During his tour, Alexander pointed to the Cox Communications Center for Student Athletes as the head-turning moment.
“My parents loved that,” he said. “We saw how first class everything was and realized I would be taken care of both on the field and off. They have different tutoring programs set up and all that. We really liked seeing that. We called it the big point on our tour.”
Alexander also left impressed with the LSU coaching staff’s approach to his visit. While he is being recruited out of Buford by defensive backs coach Ron Cooper and speaks mostly with offensive line coach Greg Studrawa, Saturday saw each member on the staff come by for a handshake and conversation.
“That was pretty cool,” he said. “I’ve got offers from pretty much every school I like, but to see LSU come forward with that attention felt good. Every one of them was saying how important I was to this class and that I was a must get for them.
“We went and sat down with coach Miles and he said a lot of the same things he did when we met in November. He loves me as a player and person and thinks I would be the perfect fit at LSU. He said they are recruiting some great offensive line classes and sees me as the next piece. It’s just a lot of love from them.”
Headed home after spending Saturday night with family in New Orleans, Alexander said the Tigers continue to stake their claim at the top of his list.
“I’d say LSU, Alabama, Auburn and South Carolina are the schools kind of sticking out right now,” he said. “LSU’s been there from the beginning and they keep getting stronger. This visit was a great one. I don’t know where I stand because I realize it’s a long process, but LSU is in a good spot to start.”
Alexander and his Buford High teammates are coming off a fourth Georgia Class 2A State Championship in a row.