Alexander Returns to Rutgers

Wayne (N.J.) DePaul thee-star defensive end Quayshon Alexander returned to Rutgers Thursday afternoon, where he discussed having family on the team, the Scarlet Knights coaching staff, professional wrestling and more.

Wayne (N.J.) DePaul defensive end Quayshon Alexander knew Rutgers well as a football program, so he visited Thursday afternoon to learn more about the school itself.

The talented three-star athlete had a busy day on campus of tours, meetings and conversations with the staff. He left the visit happy with the experience, but still plans to take his time in recruiting.

“I really hadn’t gotten to see the whole picture like I did today,” Alexander said. “I got to go around campus a lot, look around College Ave and then all of the facilities and the classrooms. I talked to a lot of coaches, and see the equipment room, the locker room. I had a lot of fun.”

Alexander spent time with most of the staff, mentioning head coach Kyle Flood, defensive line coach Jim Panagos, defensive coordinator Joe Rossi, tight ends coach Phil Galiano, receivers coach Anthony Campanile and recruiting staffer E.J. Barthel.

“I know everyone pretty well, I’m still trying to get a few names and faces down pat but I talk to them a lot,” Alexander said. “They know me and I know them. It’s gone well.”

Alexander, who is an avid professional wrestling fan, said he got along well with Panagos, who coached WWE champion Brock Lesnar during a stint with the Minnesota Vikings.

“We talk a lot about wrestling actually, probably 90 percent of our conversations,” he said. “He told me about a story a few weeks ago. He told me about Brock Lesnar and how he’s been to his house one time. It was a funny story.”

Alexander said he looks to older brother Kiy Hester for advice on recruiting. Hester is in his first offseason with the Scarlet Knights after the safety transferred from Miami.

“He’s told me to take it slow and be patient,” Alexander said. “Weigh every option and make sure I make the right decision. Analyze every school and pick whichever one feels like the best fit for me.”

Hester transferred home to support family, but found other reasons to enjoy football within the Garden State.

“Mostly he came because of my mom, but he’s definitely excited to play in front of his hometown friends,” Alexander said. “Most of his friends are really close. It’s good to go and check up on them coming home. It’s kind of convenient. You’re away, but you’re home at the same time. He’s really comfortable having everything in such close proximity. That’s what he’s told me.”

Alexander, whose other offers include Michigan, Miami and Virginia, said he may take one more visit this spring but is undecided. Alexander does not see a decision coming soon regardless.

“Me and my coach have talked about maybe one more visit for now if I’m fortunate enough,” he said. “It’s hard to organize.”


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