Monday, November 5, 2012
ATH Alexander decommits from Arkansas
By Bob Przybylo
Three-star athlete Dominique Alexander (Tulsa, Okla./Booker T. Washington) wasn’t going to drop Arkansas without giving the Razorbacks a chance.
But following an unofficial visit to Fayetteville, Ark., last weekend, Alexander’s mind was made up. He informed the Arkansas coaches Monday morning he was decommitting.
Dominique Alexander decommitted from Arkansas due to the coaching instability.
The No. 1 reason? Coaching stability or lack thereof.
“I was talking to a couple of the players and they didn’t know what was going to happen regarding the coaches,” Alexander said. “There is just too much uncertainty.”
Uncertainty is nothing new to Alexander, but he doesn’t want any more of it. Alexander has played for three different high school coaches in his four seasons at Tulsa Booker T. Washington.
He said the atmosphere for Arkansas-Tulsa could not compare to the game he saw last week at OU when the Sooners took on Notre Dame. Alexander was offered by OU three weeks ago. His father, Derrick, and OU assistant coach and Tulsa area recruiter Jackie Shipp have been friends for a long time.
But Alexander said he has not committed to the Sooners.
“I have a lot to think about right now,” Alexander said. “It’s not like a weight is off my shoulders because of this [decommitment], but it does feel good to have it done.”
Alexander said he is still open to visiting Arkansas once the Razorbacks make a decision on their future head coach, but he’s not into another rebuilding process. That's something he’s had to endure in high school.
“I don’t really want to go into that again. It feels like it’s going to be a rebuilding process,” Alexander said. “You can’t rebuild in the SEC. You’re going to be struggling.
“There is a culture change that happens with each coaching change. I know it. There are new systems, different dynamics. I want some stability.”
Alexander, ranked No. 13 in Oklahoma, didn’t get to visit with his brother, Derrick Alexander Jr., on his unofficial visit. Derrick is a redshirt freshman defensive end for Tulsa. But Dominique said it was great to see his brother perform.
“He was doing his thing against an SEC school. I loved being able to watch him play in person,” Dominique Alexander said. “I can’t wait to get my chance to play big-time college football.”