Burke (Va.) Lake Braddock WR A.J. Alexander received his first offer from Virginia, and now the wide…
Alexander: "It's Surreal."
"It's surreal to be honest with you.," he said. Ever since I got my offer it has been tough to stop smiling. I told my parents.. and my mom just broke down and started crying. "
The wide receiver had already met with assistant coach Anthony Poindexter before on one of Poindexter's visit to Lake Braddock High School.
"We met a few times before. He and my coach, Jim Poythress have a pretty good relationship. I met him during football season actually," he explained. "And then now he told me they were going to offer me, and I said wow.
"He told me, I got the size, the speed the talent and to just keep my head on straight. I was entirely grateful. "
The 6-foot-2, 205 pound wide out not only has a growing relationship with an assistant coach at UVa, but he is also familiar with the program.
"UVa is a nice school. My school showed up at the 7-on-7 camp on Saturday, I guess I opened a few eyes and people saw me," he said. "We saw the campus and it was a beautiful campus. We got to see the locker rooms, and everything is nice - the program is nice. I mean Coach Mike London is coming in and changing some things around, and seems to be a positive influence on the program. I am very interested in the program. "
So interested, Alexander is already talking visits.
"Now that I have the offer, Coach Poindexter told me to come down for a few games to watch and bring my family down to meet them…I'm excited to check out the team and talk to the staff more."
The Bruins standout finished his sophomore season with 59 catches for 619 yards and 3 touchdowns. His performances last season and in camps have other programs, not just UVa noticing.
"Few weekends a go, I visited Penn State and they seem very interested in me. UNC, my quarterback Caleb Henderson who committed there, they've been expressing some interest in me. And then Virginia Tech has talked to me a little bit. Maryland is another one who is interested in me. I am going to visit their camp on Wednesday. "
But it's his visit to Penn State that has stuck in Alexander's mind. The 2015 prospect says, the Nittany Lions and the Cavaliers are the two program he remains most in contact. But he points to the fans in State College, as some of the most unique in the country.
"I can only imagine how it would feel like during game time playing for them. We went up there for the camp and then I went on a tour afterwards, and I loved the campus, the campus was beautiful. They have some big coaches. "
"Coach Bill O'Brien is an intense guy. It wasn't an elaborate conversation that we had – I just introduced myself – but he was in the huddle with us when we were doing 7-on-7. He is an intense guy; hands on, teaching everybody and it was a great experience. "
But with the Tar Heels in the picture, how would a North Carolina offer change the landscape in his recruitment, especially with fellow Bruin, quarterback Caleb Henderson choosing to go to Chapel Hill.
"It would be a great opportunity to say I went to school with this quarterback and I played college with this quarterback. But I mean, it's my decision to play wherever I want to play. He is a great person and a great quarterback. He can throw the ball and let me go up and make a play. That would be a great opportunity - I would have a jump start on the college career already having that chemistry made up. "
Just like Henderson, Alexander has his own set of criteria that he needs to see in a college.
"Mainly though, I want them to be able to provide me with a good education and provide me with a good degree," he stated. "Also I am getting recruited to play football - I want to be able to play, and I want to be able to compete for my spot in a great team, and have the opportunity to win and make some great things happen.
"I'm a receiver, I want to be able to go down the field and make plays and make catches and score touchdowns. I don't really want to go to an I-formation team and rarely get the ball thrown to me.
"(I want) a great position coach, so that I enjoy coming to practice everyday and really enjoy being at the school basically."
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