Saturday, February 2, 2013
Linebacker commit solid with Sooners
By Bob Przybylo
This weekend was about putting the final touches on Oklahoma’s 2013 recruiting class and setting the stage for the 2014 crop.
But the Sooners got an added bonus when three-star athlete commit Dominique Alexander (Tulsa, Okla./Booker T. Washington) went public for the first time in two weeks to declare he is 100 percent with OU.
Alexander had not talked about his recruitment in two weeks and had visited Arkansas and Kansas State through the last two weekends.
For Alexander and OU coach Bob Stoops, it was a matter of trust.
“Coach Stoops is like, 'We have to have trust, have to have that player-coach relationship,' ” Alexander said. “He asked if I was a Sooner. I said I was, and he said I should take my visits.”
While Alexander went on both visits, he said the idea of decommitting from OU never crossed his mind.
He was originally an Arkansas commit back in June before flipping to the Sooners in November. He said once Arkansas hired a coach, he would make the visit.
Another reason he went to Arkansas, he said, was because it was the birthday weekend for Arkansas’ Eric Bennett, one of Alexander’s friends who also attended Booker T. Washington.
As for the K-State visit, Alexander said he just wanted to check it out. Tyler Lockett and Dante Barnett are both from Booker T. Washington, and Alexander said he has been a fan of KSU for years.
But being a fan doesn’t mean that’s his home. He knows Norman, Okla., will be.
If there was any doubt, Alexander was solidified things one more time when OU assistants Jackie Shipp and Tim Kish visited him Friday.
“Coach Shipp came in the morning. We talked for like five minutes, but then he talked to my parents,” Alexander said. “He was with them for like 90 minutes just talking.
“Then when Coach Kish came, that’s when my letter of intent arrived. We went over the whole process and where I’m going to play and fit in.”
Alexander said Kish told him the chances of playing early are pretty high. After losing one linebacker commit -- ESPN 300 prospect Jordan Mastrogiovanni (Dallas/Jesuit) -- the Sooners could not afford to lose Alexander.
“I just wanted to experience the recruiting process, but I never thought about leaving OU,” Alexander said. “I know a lot of people have been saying things, but they’re not in my shoes. This is a decision I've got to live with for the rest of my life.”
Alexander said he is at 205 pounds and wants to be at 210 heading into the spring. All that’s left now is his signature on that letter of intent Wednesday.
“The last couple of weeks have been kind of crazy, but I’m glad. It feels great,” Alexander said. “I know a lot of kids wish they could have done more after they committed. Knowing you found where you want to be, looked around and still want to be there -- that’s the best feeling.”