Northwestern hangs around with Alexander

3-star cornerback Terrence Alexander discusses his visit plans and Northwestern recruitment with Steven Goldstein.

Much like Northwestern football, Terrence Alexander wasn't getting many looks two years ago. A lot has changed since then.

As the Wildcats churned out a 10-3 season and scooped perhaps their best recruiting class in history, Alexander nudged his way into the Curtis High (La.) starting lineup as a sophomore and amassed 27 offers in the span of two years. So much for laying low.

"The process of eliminating offers has been pretty hard," Alexander told PW Monday. "You get close to coaches and some of it isn't that easy."

One that hasn't been eliminated is Northwestern, rewriting a narrative that's become all too familiar this offseason. The Wildcats edged over a dozen bigger programs including the likes of Nebraska, Ole Miss and Tennessee. Now's the time to make it count. Alexander recently told a reporter that NU was part of his "top four." Though that picture has shifted slightly, NU's place has not.

"They've been showing so much love. You don't necessarily want to go to a big school, you want somewhere where you don't just blend in," he said.

Ironically, Alexander meshes right into Northwestern's decorated class of 2014. Star rankings aside, one thing the class doesn't have is a hard-nosed corner. With 35 tackles and 16 pass deflections as a junior, Alexander would give the Wildcats the physicality on the edge that they've lacked for the past few seasons.

Right up there with Northwestern is Ohio State, Alexander's favorite college team growing up. He noted that the Buckeyes have shown him "the most attention" of late, giving him an offer after watching him perform at a two-session practice in May.

But it's no guarantee that Alexander will choose the Buckeyes. He plans on making visits to the Midwest by the end of the month or early August. Game on.

"For Northwestern, it's the academic standpoint," he noted. "I'd also be able to play very early."

Though it could be an uphill battle, NU's proved all spring and summer that it's able to hang in there with the best of them. With a recruitment effort that includes personalized mail, mentions of the possibilities of playing ball near Chicago and social media relationships with Pat Fitzgerald, Randy Bates and Jerry Brown, Alexander knows that he has the potential to join something special.

Arkansas and Stanford are still in the picture, and Alexander doesn't plan on even narrowing down to a final two until the beginning of football season. After that it's anyone's guess.

"From there it'll be whenever the time is right, whatever makes sense," he explained.

By the time Alexander has a decision, Northwestern's class could be full. For now, the Cats worry about going against the Buckeyes Oct. 5. Still, there's some sense of validation that comes from battling with a possible national champion for a recruit. Now, if he gets to campus within the month, validation has to turn to something more tangible.

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