Another LSU trip for Alexander

When LSU received a commitment from Edna Karr High offensive tackle Derek Edinburgh last week, the Tigers simultaneously added their second lineman to the 2012 class. That number will grow before National Signing Day, and Vadal Alexander from Georgia is at the top of the wish list.

The Les Miles Offensive Linemen Camp on July 16 on LSU's campus brought a crop of big men to the team's indoor facility for a hands-on workout with offensive line coach Greg Studrawa.

For Buford, Ga., lineman Vadal Alexander, the nation's No. 5-ranked offensive guard, it was just the trip he needed to grow closer to Studrawa and every member of the staff.

"I think now I have a really good feeling for everyone over there at LSU," Alexander said. "It was one of those days where I got to meet with a lot of coaches, and they all let me know how much I meant to them. I talked with Coach (Les) Miles, Coach Stud, Coach (Ron) Cooper, and got to work with Ben Wilkerson.

"Coach Miles said they are looking to add some more linemen to this class, and I'm at the top of the list of guys they want."

James Alexander, Vadal's father, also made the drive in from the Peach State, giving the staff rave reviews after what turned into just a 24-hour stop.

"Vadal can tell that the LSU coaches are sincere with their interest," James Alexander said. "He sees how they have recruited him and how they treat him when he is on campus. I think he's starting to feel more comfortable there."

The younger Alexander also said he gravitates toward Studrawa because of his no-nonsense approach to coaching, which LSU's current linemen preach to be one of their position coach's best attributes.

"Vadal has talked with Coach Stud for a while now, and he's seen how he coaches his players," James Alexander said. "I think he's attracted to that because his current offensive line coach is that way. He's always pushing Vadal, but he knows it's all about making him a better player."

Beyond the fact that Alexander, his mother, and father were all born in New Orleans, the Tigers now have another angle working in their favor.

LSU recently added a commitment from deep snapper Reid Ferguson, Alexander's teammate at Buford High.

"(Ferguson has) definitely been talking to me about LSU," Alexander said. "I do have family there and would get the chance to be back with some of them, and I know the school well, but we'll have to see. It's still a long way until I need to make a decision."

Before returning home from Baton Rouge the Alexander's made a stop at Auburn, another SEC Western Division school with high hopes of landing the 6-foot-6, 315-pounder.

With plans to graduate in December and enroll in the college of his choice by January, Alexander's next step will be official visits this fall – a time when he will begin to trim his lengthy scholarship offer list to a small group of finalists.

"I feel like I will probably take my five visits and then go from there," he said. "I'm still weighing it all out. I am looking at the coaches and the environment and the atmosphere. There are a lot of factors. I think as the season begins I will start to know more."

Alexander said he has already planned trips to games at Alabama, Auburn, and LSU.

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