Irish grab pass rusher’s attention
Three-star defensive end Quayshon Alexander was scheduled to commit to Nebraska on Monday but a late surge from Notre Dame and several other schools forced the 6-foot-3, 235-pounder from DePaul Catholic High School in Wayne, N.J., to put that decision on hold.
Notre Dame extended a scholarship offer last weekend and Alexander hopes to visit South Bend soon.
“They told my coach and my coach had told me,” Alexander said. “It’s pretty big. Everybody knows Notre Dame is such a prestigious school in terms of academics and definitely football so I think it’s definitely an honor. Most likely I’ll try to get out there this summer.”
Alexander had been communicating with Irish assistant Scott Booker via social media and on the phone. He learned a lot about the school and how the Irish would use him in their defense.
“Me and coach Booker talk on Twitter frequently and whatnot,” Alexander said. “He sends me messages; different things about the school and then we just talk about different stuff. I give him calls sometimes too.”
Nebraska, Arizona State, Miami, Iowa, Michigan, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Virginia and Virginia Tech are among the other schools that have offered Alexander.
The Cornhuskers remain the heavy favorite despite Alexander’s decision to push back his scheduled commitment date.
“I personally think Nebraska is my top school and it’s probably going to be the school for me but there’s no other experience like this so I’m definitely going to reassure myself by taking other visits and just making sure,” Alexander said. “I’m going to be very serious at looking at other schools because I just want to assure myself of the decision I’m making and whatnot. I know it has a long and a lasting impact on my future. I’m going to evaluate every school as closely as I can.”
Most schools project Alexander as a defensive end, including Notre Dame, but a few like him at outside linebacker.
As a junior, Alexander recorded 75 tackles, 19 ½ sacks, nine hurries and broke up three passes. He also caught eight passes for 235 yards as a tight end/slot receiver.
“I’m versatile, fast and I know how to get off the edge well,” Alexander said. “I think my pass rushing skills are one of my best traits and I have strength and can be an all-around player.”
Alexander plans to take official visits to Arizona State and Nebraska and he’s considering adding one to Notre Dame.