To gear up for 2013 national signing day, SoonerNation's Brandon Chatmon is breaking down every commitment in the Sooners' 2013 recruiting class. View the full archive here.
Vitals: Athlete Dominique Alexander, Tulsa, Okla./Booker T. Washington | 6-foot-0, 190 pounds
Committed: Nov. 5, 2012
ESPN.com grade: 74. Three-star prospect.
ESPN.com rankings: No. 120 athlete, No. 205 in Midlands Region, No. 13 in Oklahoma
Picked OU over: Arkansas, Kansas State, Oregon State, Texas Tech, Houston and others.
State of the position: Alexander could project to play either safety or linebacker for the Sooners. The Sooners could definitely use a player with his acceleration and aggressiveness at linebacker yet could have a bigger immediate need at safety with several talented linebackers already on campus. Nonetheless, he probably ends up at linebacker.
Pros (evaluated as an offensive player): “Alexander is a multi-talented offensive player from the quarterback and wide receiver positions. Has the size and athleticism for both spots at the major level of competition. His frame appears capable of adding some bulk over time; displays the balance, agility and playing speed needed to turn negative plays into big gainers.” - ESPN scouting report
Similar to/potential role: Corey Nelson. Alexander is athletic and aggressive which is a good combination as the Sooners strive to stop the various offensive attacks in the Big 12. It will likely take him a while to get comfortable with his new position but he has the quickness and athletic ability to be a playmaker at linebacker if he adds weight.
Expect an impact in: 2014. Alexander is so athletic he projects to several different positions but it could take a while for him to get comfortable at whichever position he eventually lands. While it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him carve himself a role on special teams as a true freshman, Alexander could use a redshirt year to add some additional weight and sharpen the fundamentals of playing linebacker or safety.