It was all about waiting for his father. Three-star athlete Dominique Alexander (Tulsa, Okla./Booker T. Washington) wanted to commit on the spot last week to Arkansas when he was offered. But his father was on a business trip. He came home Monday night and Alexander spoke with his mother and father, and everybody was on board.
Alexander wasted no time calling the Razorbacks coaches Tuesday morning to confirm his verbal commitment.
“I’ve always wanted to go to Arkansas. It’s been my dream for a long time,” Alexander said. “It’s playing in the SEC and playing against the best.”
And playing with a lot of friends and family. The Razorbacks have fared well in going into Oklahoma for quality recruits. Coincidentally, a lot of the players with Oklahoma ties at Arkansas also have connections with Alexander.
Former teammate Jared Collins signed with the Hogs for 2012, and another former teammate, safety Eric Bennett, will be a junior in the fall.
It doesn’t hurt that Alexander's cousin, senior linebacker Terrell Williams from Tulsa Union, is also at Arkansas.
“There are so many kids from the Tulsa area on the team, and they all have nothing but great things to say about the way they’re treated as players and people,” Alexander said.
The commitment ends a fun few months for Alexander, who is ranked No. 10 in Oklahoma and is being recruited as a safety by Arkansas. In March, Alexander was looking at Utah State and Arkansas State.
But by the time this week rolled around, he had offers from the Razorbacks, Houston, Indiana and Texas Tech and has been on the radar of schools like Oklahoma, Kansas State and Missouri.
Alexander let it be known he wanted to attend Arkansas, but the Razorbacks coaches weren’t sure whether he was still feeling that way as more and more schools entered the picture.
They don't have to wonder anymore, and Arkansas coach John L. Smith told Alexander he is excited to have Alexander’s commitment.
“He was surprised; pleasantly surprised,” Alexander said. “He said that it made his day because I’m going to be a great player.”
Alexander is the ninth commit for Arkansas’ 2013 class, and the Razorbacks have been able to nab the top two safeties from Oklahoma. Edmond (Okla.) Santa Fe safety Khari Harding, a three-star prospect ranked No. 3 in the state, committed to Arkansas two weeks ago.