Alexander Initiates Contact with UNC

When North Carolina attempted to recruit A.J. Alexander during the spring, the four-star speedster didn't pay much attention.

"I talked to the coach that came up here and he was saying all this stuff," Alexander said. "I just thought it was just another school that was coming through. I wasn't interested in them. He was saying all this stuff that was going to change, but I wasn't really paying attention. I told him I wasn't interested. He said if anything changed just to call him back."

After watching UNC's comeback attempt fall short against South Carolina a few weekends back, Alexander's perception changed.

"I saw them play on TV and I was just like ‘Wow, they really did change,'" Alexander said. "I liked their style and everything and it just really made me interested."

Alexander's intrigue prompted him to contact UNC.

"I said ‘I'm really interested to take a visit down there. I know I told you I wasn't interested, so if somebody already filled my spot already that's fine,'" Alexander said. "And they said, ‘That's great and we'd love to have you down here.' I talked to Coach [Butch] Davis and we set up this visit for next weekend (Nov. 2-4)."

Offensive coordinator John Shoop is handling Alexander's recruitment for UNC. The Tar Heels are recruiting the 5-foot-11, 170-pound athlete from Altoona (Pa.) as a slot receiver.

"They said they have all these good receivers," Alexander said. "They have a receiver coming in and they signed two great ones last year. But they said I'd have a great chance of playing because they said I'm the missing part of their offense.

"They said they had some 4.4 [speed] guys, but they don't have someone with my speed. Coach Davis said in their offense said I'd have an opportunity to get 200 yards a game just off 15 touches just because how quick I am in the open field."

For Altoona, Alexander plays quarterback, receiver and running back. Thus far this season, Alexander has accumulated 1,000 yards and 16 touchdowns rushing, 400 yards and four touchdowns receiving, and 100 yards passing. He also returned two kicks for touchdowns.

This past weekend Alexander officially visited Tennessee. He has scheduled an official visit to Clemson on November 17th (versus Boston College) and Florida on November 24th (versus Florida State), but those visits could be postponed depending on the length of Altoona's playoff run.

Alexander is considering Penn State and Pittsburgh for his fifth and final official trip.

An official visit to Penn State might be unnecessary. According to Alexander, he has unofficially visited Happy Valley a handful of times each of the past seven years.

Alexander doesn't have a leader and doesn't have timetable for his collegiate decision.

"[I want to make a verbal commitment] just whenever I'm ready," Alexander said. "I'm going to see how my visits go first."

Alexander is looking for early playing time and to be apart of a program alive with people he's comfortable with.

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