Alexander Is No. 12

Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini is no stranger to Ohio. He grew up there, played football there, and he continues to recruit there.

Toldeo, Ohio, Whitmer High School athlete,  LeRoy Alexander visited Lincoln this weekend. He showed up on campus with one scholarship offer in his pocket from his home town Toledo Rockets. He received another one while in Lincoln. 

“When Nebraska offered me this weekend it meant a lot to me and my family,”  Alexander said. “We just put a lot of work in my senior year. It’s just nice to have that offer from a big time school, and to know that I will be taken care of for the next four years. So I decided to commit on my visit”

The 6-foot-2, 188 lb. Ohio native has gone through a lot to get where he is now. He transferred to Whitmer after his junior season. Current NU graduate assistant Vince Marrow coached Alexander for three years at  Springfield High School, where Alexander was a teammate of current Nebraska defensive tackle Kevin Williams.

“Kevin was my player host,” Alexander said. “Him being a former teammate and a good friend, he was good to have there. Him and coach Marrow are why I became interested in Nebraska in the first place. Kevin just told me that if I come to Nebraska that the coaches there will get me ready for football and more than that, they will get you ready for life. He said they coaches there really know what they are doing, and it seemed like it too.”

Alexander is an outstanding athlete, but grades and eligibility where a big factor in his recruitment. Both Nebraska and Michigan State made a late push, but the coaches at Nebraska sealed the deal.

“Nebraska is recruiting me as either a wide receiver or a defensive back,” Alexander said. “Coach Beck and coach JP got into a little bit of an argument about who is going to get me next year. They were just talking at dinner, and coach Beck looked at me said he will see me next year, and smiled.”

On his trip to Lincoln, the Ohio native got to take in  a lot of the town, and meet a lot of people.

I met with all the other recruits that were there,” Alexander said. “We toured the facilities together. I got to see the weight room. Me and my family talked to the life skills people, and the education department. After we got done with our tour we went to dinner, and then the Nebraska and Ohio State basketball game.”

In his senior season Alexander averaged 11.1 yards per carry, and scored nine touchdowns. Defensively, Alexander had 43 tackles, seven pass break-ups and two interceptions.

By Jimmie Allen

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