The state’s greatest prospect has become a member of the Alabama 2022 recruitment class.
Thompson linebacker Jeremiah Alexander committed to Crimson Tide again – this time on his mother’s birthday – Thursday afternoon.
Alexander posted a commitment video on his Instagram account.
The 6-foot 2, 235-pound senior chose Alabama over Clemson, Georgia, UCF and many other offerings. He was previously committed to Nick Saban̵
“At the end of the day, I think he was going to Alabama all the time,” Thompson coach Mark Freeman said. “It’s close to home and it’s a great program known for placing guys in the NFL, especially defensive guys. It is obvious that it fits well. ”
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Alexander, a 5-star prospect, is this year’s reigning Class 7A lineman. He helped Thompson to his second straight state title in 2020 and collected 106 total tackles, including 29 tackles for losses and eight sacks. As a sophomore, he finished with 118 tackles, including 25 for losses and 8.5 sacks.
“Alexander is not only the top recruiter in the state this year, he has been the best player in the state for three years,” said Randy Kennedy, program director / host of Sports Talk 99.5 FM at Mobile and AL.com recruitment analyst. “He proved it in the 2019 Class 7A championship game when he was dominant in a win over Central-Phenix City.
The central team had two elite offensive attacks (Alabama signing Javion Cohen and Kentucky signing Joshua Jones). Even as a sophomore, Alexander was clearly the best player on the pitch. He could probably be a star player within the linebacker. But his explosiveness makes him as natural as a cantrusher. ”
Thompson defense coordinator Shawn DeFoor said Alexander has been on a mission since last spring and may have had his best offseason this summer.
“Jeremiah is different,” DeFoor said. “I do not think much bothers him. He just has that personality. He is very mature for his age and it goes back to his parents. They did a very good job with him. He’s like a rock. He’s stupid, but I love him. ”
Freeman said he could see Alexander gaining a quick influence in Tuscaloosa.
“He’s big, physical and plays with great leverage,” Freeman said. “He is also explosive and strong. I think he will help them right away right away. ”
Freeman said that Alabama – as Kennedy suggested – would probably first look at Alexander as a cantrusher.
“Who knows what his body will do at this point,” he said. “He could play inside the linebacker if he needed to, but I think he’s an edge guy. He’s so explosive on the line of scrimmage. He is doing well at the college level because he is so strong. ”
Alexander is the 10th commitment in Alabama’s class in 2022 and the fourth state employee. He joins Genman County running back Emmanuel Henderson, Williamson linebacker Robert Woodyard and Anniston defensive back Antonio Kite.
He’s the second Thompson senior to commit this week. Quarterback Conner Harrell committed to North Carolina on Sunday.
Alexander is No. 16 overall recruited in the nation and is No. 1 in his position.