Deerfield Beach (FL) standout defensive end Deslin Alexandre initially had dreams of taking his talents to the next level in basketball. When that didn’t pan out he decided to give football a try as a junior. At 6-5, 225 pounds Alexandre was a natural at defensive end. However, his success there was short lived when he dislocated his shoulder after the third game of the season and ended up sitting out the rest of the year.
It’s not often that a high school prospect accumulates 20 scholarship offers with just three games of film but that’s exactly what happened with Alexandre. Among them were pledges from NC State, Syracuse, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and South Florida.
Despite all of the interest, Alexandre saw all he needed to see to put an early end to his recruiting when he and a busload of fellow Floridians made a recruiting visit to NC State a few weeks ago. That trip ultimately led to his commitment to the Wolfpack and Alexandre talked about the decision and why he chose NC State on Monday evening with Pack Pride.
“Just the tradition they have there. From the moment that I got on that campus I felt something that I haven’t felt at other schools. It was just a family feeling. It was like home and I felt like at that moment I knew that’s where I wanted to be.
“I called coach and let them know and they were just happy about it. They let me know they were happy to have me on board. It was just a happy moment at the time.”
In addition to NC State Alexandre said he seriously considered Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and Syracuse. So why the early decision?
“I decided to go ahead and commit so I wouldn’t have to pay so much attention to recruiting. I really just wanted to come in and be a leader this year and didn’t want it to be a distraction. I just wanted to be able to grind and try to reach a bigger goal- try to win a state championship.”
NC State won’t be able to rest when it comes to recruiting Alexandre. He certainly has the potential to explode as a national recruit this upcoming season. Alexandre said he also plans to take some visits along the way.
“Yeah, I definitely look forward to taking all five of my officials (visits).”
Alexandre is rated a three-star prospect by Scout.com. He is NC State's tenth commitment in the 2017 class, and he the Wolfpack's third verbal from Florida, joining linebacker Raven Saunders and defensive end Xavier Lyas.