Chesapeake (VA) Western Branch defensive lineman Jalen Alexander has been hearing from NC State since his sophomore year. He's still only a junior but that means he has known about the Wolfpack's interest for more than half a year.
Alexander was patient in getting to know the coaches and letting them go through their own process of evaluating him and doing their homework. His patience and hard work was rewarded with an offer a short while ago.
It was not Alexander's first offer. That came from Old Dominion much earlier. It was his first Atlantic Coast Conference offer and for a player from Virginia that was a big deal.
"Coach Barlow came by our school my freshman year and I've been talking to them since my sophomore year. When he came by when I was a freshman I didn't get to talk to him but I know they said they really liked my film and that's probably why they offered."
Alexander's projects as a defensive end or defensive tackle on the next level, and his junior film flashes his athleticism, which is one of the qualities NC State's coaches like about him.
Alexander (6-4, 275) had a chance to visit NC State a few weeks ago. It was a disappointing loss to Boston College for the Wolfpack but because of the offer Alexander's trip was one he will remember. It was his first time visiting NC State.
"I got to talk to the academic advisers and stuff like that. Got to see the players do the Walk of Champions. I like it actually. It was really nice. I liked the campus and how the people are up there. I got to talk to Coach Barlow and I talked to some others and they said they really like my size."
Alexander finished his junior season with 42 tackles, 15 tackles for a loss, and eight sacks.