College Football Recruiting: Mackensie Alexander Leaning Toward Mississippi State?

By Patrick Schmidt


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Mississippi State is potentially on the verge of landing one of the highest ranked recruits in the nation after hosting Mackensie Alexander (Immokalee, Fl. /Immokalee), the no. 4 ranked recruit according to ESPN last weekend.

New defensive backs coach Deshea Townshend enters his first year on Dan Mullen’s coaching staff after coaching in the NFL with the Arizona Cardinals after a playing career that saw him win two Super Bowl rings as a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers and would love to coach a talent like Alexander next season.

Recruits ranked as high as Alexander come to college with the thought of getting to the next level and what a great recruiting tool Townshend will be for Mullen’s staff moving forward. In addition to the lure of the NFL and the coaching staff’s ability to facilitate that goal, the second biggest recruiting factor playing into the hands of Mississippi State is they can sell immediate playing time.

Mississippi State has openings at both cornerback spots to sell Alexander with seniors Johnthan Banks and Darius Slay heading to the NFL. Banks won the Thorpe award as the nation’s best defensive back and Alexander should be intrigued by following in his footsteps and would come to Starkville, Ms as a much better prospect than Banks who left high school as a top athlete, but not really knowing which position he would play in college.

The second-ranked cornerback in the nation won’t have to redshirt, sit on the bench for a year or two before he gets an opportunity and could be a three-year starter and declare for the draft after a junior if all goes according to his plan if he decides to wear maroon and white when he picks his school on signing day Feb. 6.

Alexander is on record having said he want to play with his brother Mackenro Alexander, who is a consensus three-star safety, and has a scholarship offer from Mississippi State. If I’m Mackensie and I have the opportunity to learn from a former cornerback who had success in the NFL, start right away, have my brother on my team and play in the SEC, then I’m signing with Mississippi State.

The top competition to land the brothers Alexander if they decide to attend the same college could be Rutgers who is hosting the brothers this weekend. Mississippi State is hopeful that Starkville, Ms could be the southern version of the city of brotherly love and get both Alexander’s to solidify a depleted secondary.

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