Monday, January 28, 2013
Alexander twins look set to split in college
By Mitch Sherman
IMMOKALEE, Fla. – Cornerback Mackensie Alexander (Immokalee, Fla./Immokalee), the No. 4-ranked prospect in the ESPN 150, and his brother, Mackenro Alexander, are no longer a package deal in recruiting.
Mackensie Alexander said Monday he doubted he would sign with the same school next week as Mackenro.
Mackensie Alexander isn't tied to playing with twin brother Mackenro in college, a change in policy for the brothers.
“I want to kind of do my own thing, to be honest with you,” Mackensie Alexander said. “I just want to be my own man, go out there and do my own thing.”
His revelation represents a reversal for the Alexander twins, who have long been considered inseparable at the next level, primarily because of the wishes of their mother. Mackenro Alexander, a three-star safety prospect, visited West Virginia last week with teammate and WVU commit Jacky Marcellus, while Mackensie visited Auburn.
The Alexanders visited Mississippi State together a week earlier. MSU coach Dan Mullen, defensive coordinator Geoff Collins and new cornerbacks coach Deshea Townsend spent time at Immokalee High School on Monday. Mackensie said he expected the coaches to visit their home on Monday night.
Mackensie has also visited Texas A&M and Clemson. Mackenro visited Kentucky without Mackensie this month.
Mackensie said he has spoken with his mother about the prospect of splitting from his brother in college.
“She’s cool with it,” Mackensie said.
Mackensie said he’s pleased with how the recruiting process has progressed for himself and his brother.
“I know he’s going to play D-I somewhere,” Mackensie said. “That makes me happy. Now he’s got to go put in his work. I didn’t want to leave him behind, but he’s in a pretty good situation. I’m proud of that.”
For his part, Mackenro said he, too, is OK if the twins have played their final game together.
“At the end of the day,” Mackenro said, “he’s his own man and I’m my own man.”
The Alexanders have remained largely secretive through the recruiting process about their plans. Mackenro said he would likely make his final official visit this weekend, though he declined to reveal the school. Mackensie’s travel plans until signing day are also unknown.