Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Coaches' corner: LB Dominique Alexander
By Brandon Chatmon
After recruiting them for several months, Oklahoma's coaching staff was finally able to talk publicly about the players the Sooners added to the program on signing day. Over the next week or so, SoonerNation will review some of the key things coaches had to say about the players signed at each position group during their signing day webcast on Soonersports.com.
In-state linebacker Dominique Alexander could play early for the Sooners.
Linebacker Dominique Alexander (Tulsa, Okla./Booker T. Washington) brings versatility to Oklahoma's defense. The Sooners had to hold off a late pursuit by Kansas State to secure his signature on signing day.
"Originally we looked at him as a safety," defensive coordinator Mike Stoops said. "He gives us a lot of versatility. In this league we see so many spread teams that you have to have athletic linebackers. He’s a linebacker that can really cover a lot of ground. He understands playing well in space.”
With the Sooners searching for ways to be more versatile with their defense, Alexander could be a key addition and even help OU this fall.
"Another exceptionally talented linebacker with great feet and speed at the linebacker position," head coach Bob Stoops said. "We expect him to get ready to play.”
The Sooners have recognized that they will need more linebackers who can excel in space if they hope to slow the explosive offenses in the Big 12 and they're hoping Alexander is that type of player.
"He makes plays all over the field," linebackers' coach Tim Kish said. "While Jordan [Evans] may be more of an inside guy in our system, Dominique may be more of an outside linebacker type. Tremendous quickness, tremendous burst and great instincts for the football."