Alexander Jr. Day Update

Altoona, Pa., wide receiver A.J. Alexander cleared time in his busy schedule to attend Penn State's Junior Day Saturday. We talked to Alexander at length to find out what he and the rest of the recruits did on their visits.

A.J. Alexander is no stranger to the Penn State campus as he lives only 45 minutes from State College. But he made sure to take another visit to Happy Valley over the weekend for a Junior Day. Alexander was on hand with around 20 other juniors in Penn State's first Junior Day of the spring.

“I liked the visit a lot,” Alexander said. “I got up there Saturday morning. We all watched a highlight tape to start. After that, we took a bus tour of the campus and came back to watch practice for a few hours. We then ate at the training table with some players and coaches before we took a tour of the football facilities. Then we watched another highlight film before meeting with the coaches in groups.

“We first met with the coaches that recruit our areas,” he added. “Then we broke out and met with our position coaches, which for me was Coach Mike McQueary. Finally, we all went to the presidential suite in Beaver Stadium to have some ice cream. That was the only thing that I haven't seen before.

The stadium looks huge from up there.”

Alexander learned a bit about how Penn State will use him if he should become a Nittany Lion.

“Coach McQueary met with all the receivers,” Alexander said. “I was kind of surrounded by some big guys in Mark Wedderburn, DeJuan Miller and Deion Walker. Coach McQueary said that the passing game would be different for me than those other guys. He said that those guys would be asked to go deep for long balls since they were so tall, but I would run outs and bubbles to get the ball in space and make moves to break a big play. They told us they like to play seven wide receivers throughout the game. Coach McQueary also told us that they had offered five receivers at this point and that if we hadn't committed by June 1 they would offer five more guys.”

Overall, Alexander seemed to be pleased with yet another visit to Penn State.

“I have been up there to see all of that stuff before,” Alexander said. “The only thing that was new to me was the presidential suite, which was really nice. I like Penn State a lot.”

Alexander will have a full schedule with track coming up, with only one free weekend left until the middle of May.

“I have the weekend of April 7 that I can visit somewhere coming up,” Alexander said. “I haven't planned anything for that date yet, but I may visit Virginia Tech or Georgia then.”

Alexander still claims no leaders, but he did indicate when he may narrow it down.

“I think that I will be able to name a top five by the end of the summer,” Alexander said. “I am going to take my time to make a decision. I am still getting interest from other schools. I talked with Tennessee and Alabama, and I think they are close to offering, so I just want to look at everything.”


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