San Jose State's first commits of the 2016 class were primarily at the skills position, but now five of the last eight public commits for the Spartans have come on the offensive and defensive lines. San Jose State added to its defensive line class with their most recent commit - Cameron Alexander
Alexander is a 6-foot-5, 225-pound defensive end out of Manhattan Beach (Calif.) Mira Costa.
San Jose State was the first school to offer Alexander and the only to do so to this point. Alexander recently gave his verbal commitment to the school.
“Last year I played defensive end, but I wasn’t as good of a player,” Alexander said. “Over the offseason I went to training and I feel like a different person. I got my stats up and got better and that’s why I got this look at the position.”
“San Jose State was really the only school that looked at me. I was expecting more, but that was the only one that came through so I’m sticking with them. It’s a blessing getting recognized by SJSU and being able to play at the next level… Even if (other schools show interest), I’m pretty comfortable with San Jose - Especially having gone up there and liking it so much.”
Alexander’s relationship with SJSU began over the summer at a camp hosted by the Spartans at Serra High School. He attended the camp as a tight end and also attended camps with Arizona, Nevada and USC as a tight end. He also spent a lot of the summer in 7-on-7’s as a tight end, but ultimately, defensive end is his destination at the next level.
“Initially I was going to go for tight end, but in my senior season I played defensive end and that’s what they looked at me at,” Alexander said. “I actually had a choice, but I chose defense because I enjoy that more.”
Since verbally committing, he has stayed in contact with the SJSU staff. Recruiting coordinator Donte Williams has been his primary recruiter.
“We’re really close,” Alexander said of Williams. “He’s been talking to me and when we talk, he’s really easygoing. He has let me know that once I get there I’ll be one of his guys and he’ll treat me like he’s known me my whole life.”
Alexander now has an official visit lined up for Dec. 11. He saw the campus once before, over the summer.
“I went up there in the summer and it was an unofficial,” Alexander said. “I visited the football facilities and the campus. I was really comfortable. The players and coaches liked me. I’m pretty sure on my official visit it will be even better.
The defensive end prospect plans to come in at 240 pounds and hopes to even grow another inch.
"In high school we had a 3-4, so I was mostly going inside in the B-gap," Alexander said. "It was focused on power and pass rush. Going to San Jose State, it will be a 4-3, so I’ll be able to do more edge rush and pass rushing. I think I’ll learn quickly and excell at it."
He also hopes to major in engineering and likes the programs San Jose State has to offer, but recognizes it could be a tough task while playing football.