Mackenro Alexander and Kendrick Doss, who were both enrolled at institutions in the rugged Southeastern Conference (SEC) Western Division one year ago, have transferred to the Tigers and are immediately eligible to compete this fall.
Alexander was part of Auburn (Ala.) University’s impressive run to the national title game during the 2013 campaign. The Tigers went from being unranked halfway through their schedule to No. 2 in the country as they entered their Bowl Championship Series (BCS) matchup against Florida State University at the Rose Bowl Stadium.
He saw action as a true freshman at Auburn during eight games that year. Alexander made his collegiate debut during the Tigers’ opener versus Washington State University as a substitute in the defensive backfield.
The 5-11, 200 pounder recorded his first tackle, which went for a one-yard loss, one week later in Auburn’s victory over Arkansas State University. Alexander also added takedowns in contests against Louisiana State University (LSU), the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) and Texas A&M University.
Alexander originally signed with the Tigers after a stellar career at Immokalee (Fla.) High School. He also held offers from a number of high profile schools, including Clemson (S.C.) University, Mississippi State University and Florida State.
He was assigned three stars by recruiting services Rivals, Scout and 247Sports, which also tabbed him as the No. 24 safety in the entire nation and the No. 62 prospect from the Sunshine State.
Alexander, whose brother Mackensie Alexander was a freshman All-American at Clemson last season, was selected as the Naples Daily News Defensive Player of the Year as a senior after recording a phenomenal 154 tackles and 4.5 sacks at the outside linebacker position.
He grabbed five interceptions and returned four of them for touchdowns, which was the most all-time for the Indians. Alexander also set a new program record with over 350 tackles during his tenure at Immokalee.
“He plays the game relentlessly,” said Northeast head coach Greg Davis. “Mackenro can play man coverage and defend against the run. He’s just aggressive and instinctive.”
Doss took a redshirt during his only campaign at Ole Miss, but did get the chance to suit up for the Grove Bowl in 2014. He completed two passes for 59 yards and rushed for an additional 27 yards during the Rebels’ annual spring game inside Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.
He was tabbed as a three-star athlete out of Florence (Ala.) High School by Rivals, Scout and 247Sports. Doss had multiple scholarship opportunities from power leagues, including the American Athletic Conference (AAC), Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), Big 10 Conference and SEC.
Rivals picked Doss as one of the top-15 standouts from the Yellowhammer State and the No. 11 dual-threat quarterback in the country. The numbers that he compiled during his final campaign with the Falcons backed those rankings up.
Doss tallied an outstanding 2,105 yards through the air and 1,170 yards on the ground for Florence with 35 total touchdowns. He was selected as the TimesDaily’s Class 4A-6A Player of the Year that season.
His efforts lifted Florence to its inaugural Alabama High School Athletics Association (AHSAA) Class 6A quarterfinal appearance. Doss guided the Falcons to triumphs over Mountain Brook (Ala.) High School and Clay-Chalkville (Ala.) High School in the opening two rounds.
He was a four-year starter for the Falcons, but burst onto the scene as an elite competitor during his junior season. Doss amassed 2,945 yards combined between passing and rushing while accounting for 37 scores.
Doss collected the 2014 TimesDaily Athlete of the Year award for all boys sports sanctioned by the AHSAA in its coverage area. He was excellent in his academic studies as well and earned a spot on the honor roll at Florence.
“Kendrick can throw the football a mile, but he can also run as well,” Davis said. “I think that he’s going to be a really good addition for us because of his experience and knowledge.”
Alexander and Doss are expected to make a large impact when Northeast begins its campaign against Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 27 at Tiger Stadium.
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