NCF On The Trail: Mackensie Alexander



ESPN 150 prospect J.C. Jackson (Immokalee, Fla./Immokalee) became the first 2014 commitment for Florida State when he selected the Seminoles in March 2012. The 6-foot, 185-pound athlete raised some eyebrows earlier this spring when he showed up at the IMG Southeast Regional sporting University of Florida gear. The No. 48 prospect in the country made his intentions clear on Monday after talking to the FSU coaching staff.


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NSD TV announcement schedule

January, 31, 2013
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National signing day is just around the corner on Feb. 6. That day, a number of the nation’s top football recruits will announce their college destinations and 18 ESPN 300 prospects are scheduled to do so on ESPNU.

Below is the full schedule of announcements on ESPNU, which kicks off with the nation’s No. 1 overall prospect, Robert Nkemdiche, making his long-awaited decision at 7:30 a.m. ET.

Note: All times are Eastern

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.


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SAN ANTONIO - - It varies with each recruit, but coaching staffs and how a prospect relates with them always factors heavily into the decision-making process.

Trouble is, those coaching staffs don’t always end up at that school when it’s time for recruits to make their decisions. That makes picking a school increasingly difficult these days with how much coaching turnover there is these days.


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SAN ANTONIO -- ESPN 150 outside linebacker Mike Mitchell (Plano, Texas/Prestonwood Christian) isn’t big on speaking publicly. He’d rather let his game do the talking -- and it speaks volumes.

On Monday, the 6-foot-5, 222-pound linebacker officially confirmed that he will announce his college plans during Saturday’s U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Oregon, Texas A&M and Ohio State are his three finalists.


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GAINESVILLE, Fla. – D.J. Durkin has been a valuable member of Florida coach Will Muschamp’s staff, both as a linebackers coach/special teams coordinator and a recruiter. But he’s not going to be around forever.

Durkin is headed for a coordinator’s job, and there are plenty of jobs available across the country. What if Durkin were to leave Florida? What kind of impact would that have on the Gators’ recruiting?

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Kim Klement/US PresswireGators special teams coordinator/linebackers coach D.J. Durkin was originally hired by Urban Meyer.
Potentially a pretty significant one.

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Three prospects in the top 5? Check.

Four five-star prospects overall? Check.

Fifteen prospects in the top 50? Check.

The Class of 2013 in Florida is quite simply the best the state has ever produced … at least until next year.

What makes this group so impressive isn’t just the numbers but the diversity that continues to develop in a state that was once known for just having speedy, undersized receivers, lockdown cornerbacks and random athletes who would either become receivers or cornerbacks.

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At first glance, this year's Florida State recruiting class lacks the star power of the two before it. That isn't to say it is void of quality, though. But Seminoles do have some offensive firepower on the list, notably four-star prospects Ryan Green, Isaiah Jones, and Levonte Whitfield. In the trenches, which has been an area of focus for the Seminoles coaching state in recent cycles, offensive linemen Austin Golson and Ira Denson and defensive end Davin Bellamy have them off to a good start.

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Nebraska-Michigan recruiting wrap 

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LINCOLN, Neb. -- Nebraska celebrated the 50-year anniversary of the start of its NCAA-record sellout streak by defeating Michigan 23-9 Saturday night before a significant group of recruits, including ESPN 150 members Demore’ea Stringfellow (Moreno Valley, Calif./Rancho Verde), a Washington-committed receiver, and safety Priest Willis (Tempe, Ariz./Marcos de Niza).

The Huskers, though, lost a pledge over the weekend from defensive tackle Christian LaCouture, who moved with his family from Texas to attend high school at Lincoln Southwest and plans to graduate in December. LaCouture said he plans to visit LSU this weekend.

Nebraska quarterback commit Johnny Stanton (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., Santa Margarita Catholic) drew plenty of attention at Memorial Stadium. Stanton spent much of his visit with LaCouture’s high school teammate, linebacker Josh Banderas, another NU commit.

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Five-star CB Alexander talks visits 

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LAKE WALES, Fla. -- Five-star cornerback Mackensie Alexander of Immokalee (Fla.) High School revealed some of his future plans after a Friday night loss to Lake Wales (Fla.) High School.

However, the 5-foot-10, 185-pound senior isn’t going to tell everything.

“I’m planning on going to the FSU-Clemson game Saturday, we’ll see what happens,” Alexander said. “I want to see how FSU plays, how they cover [Sammy] Watkins. I talked to Sammy and he says he’s going to do his thing.

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Five-star cornerback Mackensie Alexander (Immokalee, Fla./Immokalee) remains wide open with his recruitment, but the 5-foot-11, 175-pound athlete said Wednesday he is close to deciding which official visits he will take.

"I haven't planned anything right yet, but it's getting close to where I'm going to start to plan some visits," Alexander said. "I'll probably take two unofficial visits out of state and then all five of my official visits."

Alexander, who will play in the U.S. Army Bowl in January, said that although he hasn't officially set his visits, he knows of some schools he would like to see.

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- ESPNU 150 Watch List defensive back Mackensie Alexander (Immokalee, Fla./Immokalee) was scheduled to watch Florida practice on Saturday with his family. Alexander was running late, however, and missed the practice. That didn't stop the talented corner from spending time with the Florida coaches.

Alexander, who was accompanied by his parents and his younger brother, said his visit to Florida was "awesome."

"It was a great visit," Alexander said. "My parents came with me and they really liked it. It was awesome, just looking at the place and having fun with my brother and then being with the coaching staff and seeing how they do things."

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ESPNU 150 Watch List cornerback Mackensie Alexander (Immokalee, Fla.) has decommitted from Tennessee following a coaching change on the Volunteers staff, according to the Naples Daily News.

Alexander, who selected the Vols in January, is back on the market after former Tennessee defensive backs coach and recruiting coordinator Terry Joseph bolted for Nebraska.

“I got real comfortable with Coach Joseph, and when he left for Nebraska it changed everything,” he said. “The foundation is not there. I don't want to go in with someone who doesn't know me.”

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The Big East Bulls have received their first two commitments for 2013 from a pair of Immokalee (Fla.) High School teammates, the Naples Daily News reports.

Tshumbi Johnson and Xavier Richardson, cousins who have played together since Pop Warner, are set to continue their careers at South Florida. They committed over the weekend while attending the program's junior day.

Johnson is a 5-foot-11, 185-pound prospect who plays quarterback for Immokalee. Last season, he threw for 2,629 yards and 25 touchdowns and rushed for 862 yards and 19 more scores. Johnson was named the area player of the year and a first team all-state selection.

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Vols add 2013 pass-catcher 

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Tennessee has picked up a commitment from inside state lines as junior wide receiver Camion Patrick (Lenoir City, Tenn.) declared his intention to play for the Volunteers Saturday, according to multiple sources.

Arkansas and Nebraska also showed early recruiting attention in the 6-foot-2, 200-pound prospect.

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