Scout Rating: **
Scout Rank: #115 Running Back
Size: 5-10.5, 170 pounds
Hometown: Cartersville, GA
High School: Cartersville High School
Accolades: Ranked by ESPN as the No. 121 running back in the nation...Rivals.com ranks him as a three-star recruit, as well as the No. 88 athlete in the nation and the No. 63 prospect in the Peach State...As a senior was named all-county by the Daily Tribune, as well as the Offensive Player of the Year by that newspaper…Received a rating of B+ from the Atlanta Journal Constitution...Was named all-metro team by the Atlanta Touchdown Club and earned back of the week honors from that organization…Recruited to NC State by assistant coach Andy McCollum.
Commit Date: 12/2/2008
Recruiting Scene: Coaches immediately liked Alexander not only for his physical ability but for his character. The first school to offer the talented prospect was Arkansas and he gave the Hogs serious consideration for a time. He also picked up an offer from Louisville. By November he had pretty much narrowed it down to NC State and Louisville. After making official visits to both schools, Alexander chose the Wolfpack.
Why NCSU? "Their quarterback, Russell Wilson, is the truth. He's just a freshman. He makes the defense do whatever he wants them to do and if he doesn't like what he sees he takes off and makes all kinds of plays.
"NC State looks like they are on the rise to something great. They beat Miami... come on now, how many teams can say they beat Miami like that? They beat every team in North Carolina this year too. They are going to be real good next year.
"I talked a lot with coach McCollum. He was telling me that they need some receivers, and they were saying that at cornerback I could also maybe get a spot early.
"Coach O'Brien was telling us how he's been at four schools in 35 years. He showed us the graduation rates they had at Boston College and they were very impressive. We really talked about academics too. I'm probably going to major in sports medicine with a minor in music."
Burke Hayes, Scout.com: (Alexander is) a versatile playmaker, he fills many needs for the Canes. He can play either RB or WR and poses match-up problems either way. Is not an every-down back but can be very effective in long-yardage situations. He has good hands, understands spacing in the passing game and is elusive in the open field. While it is not clear as to what position he will play in college and when, he will have a chance to contribute early on special teams.