On the recruiting front, most prospects like to keep their cards close to the vest and it can be difficult to discern exactly where a particular player may be leaning.
Josh Alexander, on the other hand, isn't keeping many secrets when it comes to the recruiting process. The 6-3, 190-pound athlete told Pack Pride in a recent conversation that he's waiting for NC State to offer, and if or when that happens the recruiting process will come to an abrupt end.
"I talked to coach Willis the day before we got off for break," Alexander said. "He said he was going to give my tape to his defensive coordinator. They'll evaluate it and then go from there. I've loved NC State since I was little. I like their facilities a lot."
The senior from Waldorf (MD) Westlake knows quite a bit about the Pack, and it's not just based on what he has learned over the course of his own recruitment. His brother, Darius Powell, considered the Pack before signing elsewhere when he came out of high school in the Class of 2006.
"My brother was going to go there when he was going through the recruiting process," he said. "He ended up choosing UNC over them, though. I like them (State) a lot. He's been real supportive, just telling me to make the right choice since I'll be there for four years. He wants me to make a wise decision."
Westlake reached the third round of the playoffs before they were defeated, and Alexander was a huge reason for their success. On the year he recorded 99 tackles and 23 sacks.
"They had me doing different things during the beginning of the season. I just had fun this year. I played outside linebacker and defensive end. Everybody knows I'm versatile. Some schools are telling me I'd play safety and some are saying linebacker.
"I'm better at safety than linebacker because I've got speed."
Alexander told Pack Pride that if NC State extends an offer he would likely commit on the spot. Other than the Pack he also likes UConn, citing their coaching staff and facilities as things that have him interested.
In all, he has received offers from UConn, Maryland, New Mexico, Rhode Island and Temple. He has taken official visits to New Mexico and Temple, and he will officially visit UConn in late January. Alexander said he has no time frame for making his decision, and said he would wait for NC State to offer before he commits anywhere else.