Coming off of a strong junior campaign at a new position, 2016 DePaul (N.J.) Catholic three-star defensive end Quayshon Alexander is trending upward.
“I definitely pass rushed a lot better,” Alexander said. “I moved to strong side this year cause I was under a senior. I ended up with 19.5 sacks and 70 tackles.
“I’d like to work on stopping the run more and just getting bigger for the next level.”
At 6-foot-3, 227-pounds, Alexander could play linebacker or a pass rushing defensive end at the college level with several schools differing in how they view him from a position standpoint.
According to Alexander, he’s comfortable standing up or putting his down. One school looking for Alexander to do both is the University of Michigan.
Recently popping in to speak with Alexander’s coach at DePaul Catholic, the Wolverines are creating a positive impression early.
“I think Jedd Fisch came by the school and I’ve spoken with Coach (Chris) Partridge and Coach (D.J.) Durkin,” Alexander said.
“It was a really good vibe. They were telling me how they could use me and what the defense is all about. They were telling me how good they were academically and on the field.”
Admittedly not a huge follower of college football, Alexander was in attendance for Rutgers win over Michigan this past fall noting the effort he saw from the Wolverines.
Of course now there is a new coaching staff in Ann Arbor led by Coach Jim Harbaugh, coming over from the San Francisco 49ers of the NFL.
“I saw them winning games,” Alexander said of the 49ers under Harbaugh. “I didn’t really pay attention to it much but I definitely liked the squad he had with Vernon Davis and Colin Kaepernick. It was fun watching him and his brother go at it in the super bowl.”
Currently holding six scholarship offers including Michigan, Wake Forest, Rutgers, Miami (Fla.), Pittsburgh, and Virginia, Alexander plans to get out on several visits this spring outside of the only two unofficial visits he’s taken to Penn State and Rutgers.
“Me and my coach are kind of in the process of planning out where we’re going to go,” he said. “I think Michigan might be one of the top ones on the list. Most likely Rutgers, possibly Pittsburgh, and maybe Virginia.”