Alex Dekle Has Four Offers

Alex, a top defensive tackle from Statesboro (GA) High School, has four major offers. He talked about those offers and recruiting in general.

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Recruits attending summer football camps sometimes are taken for granted by recruiting writers. However, we forget that they aren't always that easy for recruits to get to, especially recruits that are receiving interest from programs hundreds of miles away. Alex Dekle is a perfect example of that.

"I haven't been to any (camps) because it has been kind of rough getting there," said Alex. But colleges still tried to get him to come. "A lot of schools tried to get me to come, including Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Ohio State, Tennessee, Miami-Florida and the (Florida) Gators."

Although he hasn't been able to showcase his skills and ability this summer at camps, Alex Dekle has still garnered the scholarship offers.

"Mississippi State, Tennessee, Ole Miss and Ohio State have offered," said the 6-2, 270-pounder. "They told me that they like that I get after the ball and my quickness and speed for my size."

While you might think he would have a list of favorites with so many early offers on the table, not so, said Alex. "I don't have any favorites. I like all the football teams. I will go wherever I can play. I just want to play football and do my academic work."

When asked if he knew much about the schools that had offered, he said, "basically, I have read the (media guides) that they have sent me. I haven't had any visits, yet, because they are so far away."

Since he didn't have any favorites, I asked him if he watched any college teams on television, basically to get a feel about what teams he has shown an interest in while growing up.

"Not really, but I have grown up playing NCAA football games," said Alex, who plans on majoring in Culinary Arts in college. "I grew up playing play station."

That begged the question what school does he play with? When asked, he said, "on 2003, I played with the Oklahoma Sooners, '04 I played with Ohio State and '05 I played with Florida."

However, before he will play for a D-I school, he'll have to take a year or two detour to either a prep school or a junior college.

"I have to go to a junior college first, because I have a Tech Year diploma," explained Alex. "The junior college or prep school will take care of that, then I'll take Business and Marketing."

One college may already have a plan for him, at least, according to what his high school coach told him.

"I think Ohio State has a junior college or prep school that they can offer to me," said Alex. "My coach told me about that."

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