UCLA commit still high on Navy

Navy was one of the first schools to offer Victor Alexander, who is part of an exceptional senior class at Trinity Christian Academy in Jacksonville, Fla. The 5-foot-10, 220-pound inside linebacker committed to UCLA in November, but says there's still a chance for a staff other than the Bruins to win him over before signing day.

"I have 25 offers now, but I believe that Navy was my second," Alexander shared with GoMids.com. "The coaches liked my playing style and how I'm not scared to compete against the very best. I played well against some of the top talent in Florida like going up against Bo Scarborough of IMG and Derrick Henry of Yulee. They really just said they liked my versatility and all-around competitiveness.

"Navy is phenomenal. I really like the 'Navy way'. Basically, I liked the chance to be able to go to school, play football, and then give back to my community and my country. Before I committed (to UCLA) it really was a possibility for me."

The Midshipmen coaches, and others interested in Alexander, may have a tough time prying him from his commitment to the Bruins, but he's leaving the window cracked for now.

"I'm pretty high on UCLA," he said, "but I'm keeping my options open. I'd say I'm 90-percent slid to UCLA. Other schools like Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech are doing a great job recruiting me.

"When [UCLA] came to my high school they brought their whole coaching staff. All of us literally sat together and watched game film. There were a lot of colleges there that day but UCLA stood out with the way they interacted with the players. They blocked everybody else out because they made me feel like they were there just to see me. They offered me at my position, inside backer. I know Coach Jeff [Ulbrich] having twelve years in the NFL as player and coach will be a big asset and help me excel to get to the next level."

As a junior, Alexander was named first team All-First Coast with 70 tackles, two and a half sacks, two quarterback hurries, an interception, seven pass breakups, a fumble recovery, and two forced fumbles. This year's Trinity Academy Conquerors team should be a good one featuring at least a dozen D1 prospects in the senior class.

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