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Several ACC programs evaluating 2018 DT Jalen Alexander

Chesapeake (Va.) Western Branch junior defensive tackle Jalen Alexander's stock is rising on the recruiting trail and he spoke with Scout.

Chesapeake (Va.) Western Branch junior defensive lineman Jalen Alexander was impressive throughout the 2016 season.

His efforts have led to interest from several college football programs.

"I have offers from NC StateCharlotte and Old Dominion," said the 6-foot-4, 280-pound Alexander. "Virginia TechNorth CarolinaDukeNotre DameMarylandClemson and Virginia are also recruiting me. But I'm still wide open when it comes to my recruitment."


NC State is recruiting him hardest.

"It means a lot to get an offer from an ACC school and to know I can play at that level," Alexander said. "I like that their defense revolves around their defensive linemen. They're all about letting them make plays. I'm looking forward to visiting again for junior day and learning more about the academics and how the staff does things.

"(Cornerbacks) coach (George) Barlow is recruiting me and he's always honest. He always makes an effort to stay in contact and we have a good relationship."

Which school could pull the trigger next?

"I think Virginia Tech could be my next offer," Alexander said. "It would mean a lot to get an offer from them because they're an in-state program. A lot of players from this area have gone to school there, too. I'm probably also going to visit in the spring.

"(Running backs) coach (Zohn) Burden is recruiting me and we have a good relationship. He's straightforward and always tells me about their interest in me and where things are in the recruiting process."

Besides the two aforementioned schools, Alexander wants to visit Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina in the spring.

Alexander finished his junior campaign with 42 tackles, including eight sacks and 15 tackles for loss, an interception and fumble recovery.

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