July 14, 2011

Big O-lineman talks Tide

At 6-foot-6 and 310 pounds, Vadal Alexander is a big prospect. Last weekend in Beaverton, Ore., during Nike's The Opening, the four-star offensive tackle from Buford (Ga.) High School posted big results.

Alexander put up an impressive performance at the camp en route to being named offensive line MVP.

"I'd say I went there and I did a lot of good things," Alexander said.
"I think I got better, and I ended up winning the O-line MVP, so I was pretty satisfied with my trip."

While in Oregon, Alexander got a chance to compete against some of the nation's best. The star recruit said that he was very impressed by some of the talent he saw at the camp.

"The competition was the best, every rep you were facing a four- or five-star guy," Alexander said. "A lot of guys stood out to me as far as defensive lineman. Chris Casher, Ellis McCarthy, he was a great defensive tackle. I would say those two guys really had the best week out of all the defensive lineman."

The highly-recruited offensive lineman has offers from nearly everywhere in the country, and while he does not have a formal top list, Alexander said he is considering Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Miami, North Carolina, Texas and USC.

Alexander said that he is impressed with the rich history of the University of Alabama, and that its winning tradition is something that makes the school one to consider.

"Alabama just has great tradition and great structure," Alexander said. "I met a lot of the players; they seem like great guys, guys to spend time with for the next four years."

One player in particular Alexander got to talk to was Barrett Jones, who talked to Alexander about his experience as an offensive lineman at UA.

"(Jones) said it is the time of his life," Alexander said. "He loves winning, he loves Coach (Nick) Saban, he loves Coach (Jeff) Stoutland, and he had nothing but great things to say about it."

Jones is not only a friend to Alexander, but also someone who Alabama coaches compare him to in terms of versatility on the field.

"They see me as a guard or a tackle," Alexander said. "They see me being very versatile, kind of like Barrett actually. They said I could play at left tackle, right tackle or whatever. They see me coming in and fighting for a starting job my first year if I work hard. They think I'm a great player, and I appreciate that."

The opportunity to start early at a school like Alabama is not something that Alexander takes lightly, and it is something that he said would be an honor if given the opportunity.

"It would be amazing," Alexander said. "Especially in the SEC with Alabama, one of the best schools in the country. It would be amazing and it would be a true blessing if that happened."

Playing time and football are not Alexander's only focus during the recruiting process. In fact, he said one of the most important factors is finding the right school regardless of football.

"I guess you would say atmosphere is the biggest factor," Alexander said. "When I say atmosphere, I mean do you feel like you are supposed to be there. If I didn't play football, I need to know that I could still go there for four years."

Alexander's friend and current teammate at Buford is Alabama commit Dillon Lee. Though the two have not made it a priority to play together, Alexander said it would be a great experience if it were to happen.

"Dillon is has been trying to get me to come to Alabama," Alexander said. "I know he is a great player, so I know he made a great decision, I trust what he is saying about Alabama. He said I should come and I am definitely considering it."

Alexander said he will visit UNC and Auburn before the end of the summer, and that he plans to make Alabama one of his official visits during the fall.

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