"He's gotten a whole lot more physical over the past year," Independence head coach Joe Evans said. "He's put on a lot more weight in the weight room – probably 20 pounds of muscle in a year, year and a half. So that's increased his confidence a lot.
"He has great hips. He has a great speed turn. He can open his hips and fly at an angle. He can play sideline to sideline if he's the one high safety, but he can also come down hill and make tackles in the box. He's very versatile. He's very long and rangy. He covers a lot of ground very fast."
Alexander transferred to Independence from Northside Christian Academy prior to his sophomore year. While at Northside, his focus was basketball. But once former Independence coach Bill Geiler eyed Alexander's frame he talked to him about joining the football program. After agreeing, Alexander, who had played running back in Pop Warner, worked with the defensive backs.
The results were immediate. In his first seven-on-seven, Alexander had two interceptions. A day later, he was thrust into the starting rotation at safety.
As a 6-foot-3, 160-pound sophomore, Alexander was a ball hawking safety intercepting four passes and deflecting "too many to count," according to him. He became more of a physical presence during his junior season after adding 35 pounds during the preceding offseason.
"That's why we put such an emphasis on that weight room," Evans said. "That weight room puts a lot of confidence in these kids. When they start putting on the weight and strength, their confidence level goes up and they're not afraid to come down hill a little bit.
"I don't know a lot of people that have gone across the middle and don't have [Alexander] in the corner of their eyes."
The results showed in Alexander's stat line: 105 tackles, two interceptions, plus countless hits that prevented completions.
Charlotte and Virginia Tech are the first two schools to offer Alexander, but more offers appear imminent.
"West Virginia has said they're 99.9-percent sure they were going to offer," Alexander said. "They were talking to Coach Evans and said that sometime soon they are going to let him know."
Additionally, North Carolina has given him significant attention.
"With Coach Brewer, his presence is there a lot," Evans said. "They come and recruit us very hard… I think it's just a matter of time before they offer him."
"The way Coach Brewer talks to me it's like I'm already a part of their organization," Alexander said.
Making Alexander feel a part of UNC was never more visible than when Alexander attended the Tar Heels' first junior day.
"I was with Coach Brewer a lot of the time, because I was with his group," Alexander said. "Throughout the whole junior day, Coach Brewer and I were talking [and] he was talking to my dad. [Brewer] came and ate with us. He took me in to meet all the coaches."
The junior day concluded with a UNC victory over NC State in basketball.
"There were a lot of people," Alexander said. "The whole arena was filled. The crowd didn't stop cheering. I was tired that day, but the crowd woke me up."
The attention UNC has shown, plus its proximity to Charlotte, has made the Tar Heels Alexander's early leader.
"I want to stay close to home," Alexander said. "I'm willing to drive like six hours.
Evans believes Alexander could play either of the three safety positions within UNC's 4-2-5 defensive scheme.
"He could be a free safety or he could be a strong safety," Evans said. "I've even had a coach tell me that they want to play him at outside linebacker, so I think the Ram position would be a great spot for him because he can run, he can cover, he's long and rangy. He's not afraid of contact."
Besides UNC, Alexander has visited NC State and Wake Forest, and has made countless visits to UNC-Charlotte.
Alexander has given up organized basketball altogether to focus on football. To better condition in the offseason, he is a member of Independence's track-and-field team… Growing up, Alexander followed Clemson's and West Virginia's football teams, and UNC's basketball team… Alexander is very close to NC State sophomore cornerback Jack Tocho, who played for Independence.