Alexander Visits UCLA

Jan. 18 -- The Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian Academy linebacker, Victor Alexander, took his much awaited trip to UCLA...

It was in November of 2013 that seemingly out of nowhere, Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian Academy linebacker Victor Alexander committed to UCLA.

Alexander committed to the Bruins sight unseen.

And it wasn't for 14 more months that Alexander would see his future school.

But this weekend, after being committed to the Bruins for over a year, Alexander finally was on the UCLA campus, for his official visit.

"UCLA was amazing and Los Angeles is amazing," said Alexander. "It's so beautiful out there. They have the beaches and everything. You can go skiing one day and swimming the next. I loved it out there."

More specifically, Alexander raved about the Westwood campus.

"The UCLA campus is second to none," said Alexander. "They're building some nice things out there too so by the time I come in, they should be close to finishing up."

Alexander was hosted by freshman linebacker Kenny Young, who like Alexander, is originally from the South.

"Kenny was my host and he talked about being away from home and how it was far but once you're out here and set, you're primarily focused on football and not worrying about the distance," said Alexander.

Alexander said spending time with the other recruits on the trip was enjoyable too.

"It was real great and real fun seeing some of other commits like Octo (Octavius Spencer) and (Josh) Rosen," said Alexander.

Alexander said one of the highlights on the visit was talking with defensive coordinator Jeff Ulbrich and head coach Jim Mora.

"I spent a lot of time with Coach Brick," said Alexander. "And Coach Mora is real laid back and awesome. He's so down to earth. He's not one of those high-strung guys that coaches in college and you can't talk to. He's real down to earth, real active with his recruits and his football team."

Alexander had only seen the Rose Bowl on television before getting a chance to take a tour of it on his trip.

"Coach Mora walked me through how they walked through the tunnel and did their pregame," said Alexander. "We got to go in to the locker room and check it out."

Alexander said his plan is to wear a pretty impressive number when he gets to UCLA: #6, which Eric Kendricks, UCLA's all-time leading tackler wore.

"They're going to give me #6 and there is a lot of pressure with that number because of EK," said Alexander. "He won the Butkus Award and was one of the great linebackers ever at UCLA. "I’m planning on coming in to work my behind off and represent that number like he did."

Alexander was joined on the visit by his mother, and he said seeing her there, enjoying herself, was the biggest highlight.

"My mom loved it," said Alexander. "She actually was against UCLA at first, but after coming out, she really loved it. The biggest highlight for me on the trip was seeing my mom change her mind about UCLA. She wants me there."

Next weekend, Alexander will visit Georgia Tech, but said that he's pretty solid with the Bruins.

"I'm just going on that trip with an open mind," said Alexander. "I'm really really high on UCLA but I'm going to still take that visit."

This week, Alexander said UCLA coaches will be in Jacksonville.

"Coach Mora and Coach Brick are coming to Jacksonville this week and I'm not sure if we're going to do something at the school or my house, but they'll be in town," said Alexander.


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