Scout Rating: ***
Scout Rank: 39
Size: 6-6, 270
Hometown: (Nashville Christian)
Projected position at OM: Offensive Tackle
Accolades: HIGH SCHOOL: Rated a 4-star prospect by 247Sports.com and a high 3-star prospect by Scout.com ... Listed as the No. 30 offensive tackle in the nation and the No. 11 prospect in Tennessee by 247Sports.com ... Listed as the No. 15 prospect in Tennessee by Scout.com and No. 23 by ESPN.com ... Named a finalist for Tennessee's Mr. Football in the lineman category for Class 1A ... Garnered MaxPreps Small Schools All-American, Tennessee Sports Writers Association All-State and The Tennessean All-Midstate honors ... Helped Nashville Christian to a 12-1 record and a Class A seminal appearance, anchoring the offensive line for a unit that averaged nearly 40 points and 300 yards per game ... Listed as the No. 10 player on The Tennesseean's Dandy Dozen ... Coached in high school by Jeff Brothers.
Recruiting Competition: Alex had, basically, the “pick of the litter.” He as pursued by many schools, including Miami, Cincinnati, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Mississippi State, Tennessee and Ohio State.
Coach Jeff Brothers: "He's a unique athlete, who has played basketball, run track and played baseball until he got fixated on football after his sophomore year. When we run sprints as a team, he's leading the charge. He's not your normal offensive lineman - he can run with the smaller guys. Not only that, but he is blue ox strong. I don't have his weight room numbers in front of me, but he is plenty strong. Alex has great feet and he's explosive. He's a fierce player who comes off the ball hard. He plays low and has good leverage and drive. He's a finisher. He's got a mean streak and does not like to give up ground. In two years here, he had 194 pancake blocks. He'll be playing against guys just as big and strong as he is. Alex will have to sharpen his technique, learn more blocking schemes than we use here, learn his protection calls and adjust to the speed of the game, but I have no doubt he will get that done. After he adjusts and learns, he will be an excellent collegiate player. There's no reason for him not to be. Like I said, check all the boxes."
Scouting Report: When Alex was younger, and much smaller, he started out as a quarterback, but as he grew, he turned into a lineman with excellent feet. His tenacity, athleticism and aggressiveness have separated him from the pack his last two years of high school. He will need to bulk up some and gain more strength, but the potential for those things are built in. His attitude and work ethic Will Foster those attributes quickly.
Coach Hugh Freeze Quote: “It goes without saying, we need to bring in tackles and we thought Alex was one of the best we saw in the high school ranks all year. He’s tall, has a great wing span, can run and he likes to inflict punishment on defensive linemen. I like the way he attacks the game of football.”
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