Virginia star has Navy roots

Aramis "A.J." Alexander has received four offers in the past two weeks, one coming from the U.S. Naval Academy. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound wide receiver/defensive back is expected to be one of the commonwealth of Virginia's top seniors next season at Lake Braddock Secondary School in Fairfax County. He spoke with GoMids.com on his recruiting status.

"Two weeks ago Navy came to my school and that's when I received their offer," Alexander said. "They mentioned my versatility, size, and my academics as reasons why they were interested in me. They said they like me at wide receiver. They run a lot but they want to do more passing. In high school I play on both sides of the ball. He said they think I'm a great athlete and don't want to limit me, but see what I can do at any position they chose to put me.

"First of all it's a great opportunity. You don't get opportunities any better than that. Navy s a great school. I've been to campus to visit a family member and think it's historical, impressive, very cool to see with a good surrounding area. Both of my parents are Marines so that makes the offer extra special."

Navy will have steep competition for Alexander's services. After his Navy offer, Miami (Fla.), Penn State, and Indiana came in with offers of their own to push his total up to 16. Other offers include Boston College, Illinois, Northwestern, UVA, Wake Forest, and Wisconsin.

"I'm still pretty open because before I narrow my list to five schools where I'm going to take my official visits, I want to make sure all of my opportunities have presented themselves," he said. "I'm trying to find the right comfort level, the right area, decent academics, and play at the highest level of competition. It pretty much depends on the program as to what position they like me at, but I've mostly been playing wide receiver at the camps and combines."

As a junior, Alexander was named All-Region, All-District, and All-State on offense and defense. He was the Defensive Player of the Year in his district. At receiver, he had 650 yards on 41 catches with seven touchdowns. The Lake Braddock coaches used Alexander at both free and strong safety as well as cornerback in the Bruins secondary.

Lake Braddock fell to Westfield in the Virginia 6A North region semifinal in 2013, a heart-breaking defeat in which they squandered a 16-point lead. This will be Alexander's third year as a starter on the Bruins varsity.

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