Alexander coming to check out campus

ScarletReport.com first wrote about Rutgers' interest in Downingtown East (Exton, Pa.) OL/DL Taj Alexander on Nov. 16, and we provide an update as the 6-foot-6, 280-pounder comes to Piscataway today for an unofficial visit. Alexander is being looked at heavily by the Scarlet Knights, and is also getting interest from other Big East schools. Find out what Alexander had to say about his recruitment.

When Taj Alexander arrives on Rutgers' campus Monday for an unofficial visit and meet-and-greet with the coaching staff, he will likely sport a wide grin.

Not only is the 6-foot-6, 280-pound Alexander, an offensive and defensive lineman, enjoying his recruitment, his Downingtown East (Exton, Pa.) football team is coming off a stunning 49-48 comeback win the quarterfinals of the District I Class AAAA.

The Cougars saw Penncrest return an interception for a touchdown with 33 seconds remaining to take a 48-41 lead (the extra point was no good), then drove the length of the field to score a touchdown with no time remaining.

Rather than kick the extra point, Downingtown East opted for a two-point conversion, which was successful.

"It was the best game of my life,'' Alexander said. "It was crazy.''

As Alexander readies for the semifinals, he also has an eye on recruiting, which is heating up after coach Michael Matta sent video of his first half of the season to several schools.

Rutgers liked the video enough to dispatch assistant coach Gary Emanuel to campus to watch Alexander play earlier this month. In the subsequent days, Alexander learned the Scarlet Knights' staff wanted him to visit the campus.

"My coach told me the other day they wanted me to come up to campus,'' Alexander said.

So, what are Alexander's initial thoughts on Rutgers?

"It's a good academic school, they have a high graduate rate and it's close to home,'' Alexander said. "I've been following them closely and I like how physical the defense is. I watched the whole South Florida game and the rhythm was good. It's very impressive the way they play.''

According to Matta, Pittsburgh, West Virginia and Connecticut are also showing interest.

"(Recruiting) is getting pretty active right now,'' Alexander asid. "Right now it's mostly Rutgers, but coach has told me about other schools calling and showing interest.''

Alexander entered the playoff game against Penncrest with 17 sacks and 24 tackles for loss. He also plays offensive tackle for the Cougars, but said he isn't concerned about whether he plays offense or defense in college.


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