Monday, November 5, 2012
Dominique Alexander commits to OU
By Bob Przybylo
When Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops calls a recruit, it’s in his best interest to pick up the phone. Three-star athlete Dominique Alexander (Tulsa, Okla./Booker T. Washington) didn’t mean to miss the call on Monday night, but he did.
Alexander was at the Oral Roberts basketball game and missed Stoops’ call. After he listened to the voicemail, Alexander had one mission for the night -- get Stoops on the phone.
Three-star athlete Dominique Alexander decommitted from Arkansas and committed to Oklahoma.
“I’m ready to be a Sooner,” Alexander said he told Stoops.
Stoops accepted the commitment, which ends a three-month dry spell for OU on the recruiting trail. After talking to Stoops, Alexander called OU assistants Jackie Shipp and Tim Kish to let them know the good news, too.
“They were both excited,” Alexander said. “Coach Kish said he was on cloud nine and is excited to see what he can do with me.”
Alexander was offered three weeks ago by OU but had been an Arkansas commitment since June. Following a great unofficial visit to OU for the Sooners’ game against Notre Dame, Alexander said he knew in his heart last week he was ready to be at OU.
But he gave Arkansas one last chance with an unofficial visit last weekend. He said he went in with an open mind but left still knowing the Sooners were the right choice for him.
Alexander’s trip for the Notre Dame game was the first OU home game he had seen in person. He is hopeful No. 2 will be this weekend with OU’s game against Baylor.
It has been a long process for Alexander, who has been rewarded for his patience and hard work. He initially started to come onto the scene in March with a strong showing at the Nike camp in Dallas. Back then, it was schools like Texas Tech and Utah State that had Alexander’s interest.
But he never stopped working. It has been that determination that eventually won over the OU coaches.
“You have to lead by example,” Alexander said. “That’s what I’ve always believed in. When I was younger, I had great kids to look up to like Tyler Lockett. I want to be that guy for the younger kids at Booker T. now.”
For the season, Alexander has 121 tackles, five forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and four sacks. He returned an interception for a touchdown last week to help clinch a playoff berth for Tulsa Booker T. Washington.