By Saturday afternoon, the trip already seemed fulfilling.
The 2015 wide receiver from Burke (Va.) Lake Braddock has called NU an early favorite for months. He's been in contact with position coach Dennis Springer throughout the recruiting process—which culminated in an early offer for the Wildcats.
Alexander chose to visit at the perfect time. While his recent trip to Wake Forest felt procedural and academic, he said NU gave a more "action packed" experience.
He and his dad went to watch NU's open spring practice on Saturday. After the session, Pat Fitzgerald told the media he was unimpressed. Alexander—and some other recruits—felt different.
"That was the highlight of the visit," He said. "We got to see the players and coaches in action."
NU and schools including Boston College and Wake Forest are showing him considerable interest. He wants to take his time during the visit process and make sure he's certain with his final choice.
Still, the Wildcats made a strong impression on the Virginia wideout. He's building a relationship with Springer, who he said is different than many of his other recruiting coordinators.
"He's my position coach and he's been through a lot of the same things I have," Alexander said. "He motivates his players to work hard and they love working for him."
NU is earning solid reviews from prospects, mainly because it has answered key questions specific to each recruit. Alexander said the coaching staff does not need to change its pitch; he just needs to check other schools and base his decision on a number of factors.
"I want to base my commitment on the players around me, the area around the school, the academics and the level of football they play," he said. "I just want to se more opportunities and see other schools."