Signing Day Capsule: Donnie Alexander

LSU has received a National Letter of Intent from OLB Donnie Alexander. The three-star prospect is officially a Tiger.

It's pretty simple to tell the story of Donnie Alexander's recruitment. He was an under-the-radar linebacker in February 2012 when he took a trip to Baton Rouge to support some friends participating in an indoor track meet on LSU's campus. He also wanted to check in with the coaches, whom he'd gotten to know while they heavily recruited his Edna Karr teammates Speedy Noil and Gerald Willis. During that visit, LSU extended Alexander an offer and he only waited a couple hours to pull the trigger and commit.

Since then, he's been the definition of solid. He never entertained any other suitors or took any other visits. Shortly after making that pledge, he even changed his Twitter handle to @LSUcommit as it remains today. Coming out of Alexander's junior season, the LSU coaches identified him as the top linebacker in the state, and it didn't take much effort to convince him to jump on board.

In the eyes of Scout's evaluators, Alexander is a three-star prospect, ranked as the No. 66 OLB in the country. At 6-foot-1, 205 pounds, he's on the smaller side for a linebacker, and could just easily drop back and be a strong safety with his speed. But LSU will stick at linebacker first and use that quickness in several different ways. He has the ability to cover sideline-to-sideline and can absolutely fly around the field.

He could certainly afford to get bigger though and may need a redshirt season to get acclimated to the physicality of the SEC. LSU would like to see him get more aggressive too and tackle with authority near the line of scrimmage. But his level of athleticism will suit him well as a linebacker on the next level.


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