Mississippi State Losing Grip on Mackensie Alexander Before Signing Day?

By Patrick Schmidt
Mackensie Alexander
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Mississippi State was thought to be the favorite for Mackensie Alexander (Immokalee, Fl, Immokalee) nation after hosting the no. 4 ranked recruit according to ESPN two weekends ago, but now Alexander and his twin brother have thrown a late curve ball into the recruiting world.

Alexander and his brother Mackenro were thought to be a package deal and would attend the same school together, and Mississippi State was one of the schools to offer scholarships to both brothers; but now that Mackensie announced that he wants to be his own man and go to separate schools, does that hurt the chances he signs with Dan Mullen’s Bulldogs?

Auburn hosted Mackensie this past weekend, which was a surprise visit because the brothers were originally scheduled to visit Rutgers, so perhaps they enter the mix for the 5-10 180-pound cornerback who could start as a true freshman at either SEC school.

Texas A&M and Clemson are the two schools vying for the talented Alexander, but Mullen is putting the full-court press on Alexander–and quite frankly he has to.

Mullen, defensive coordinator Geoff Collins , and new defensive backs coach Deshea Townsend met Alexander at his high school, and reportedly were to meet at his home late Monday night.

Mullen may be on the verge of losing his top recruit Chris Jones (Houston, Ms, Houston) to Ole Miss after the 6-6 250-pound defensive end who is ranked as high as the No. 2 player in the nation according to 247sports.com visited with the in-state rival last week and is set to visit again this Friday before a final visit with State on Saturday.

Some of the selling points that work in Mississippi State’s favor are that Alexander 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 he decides to wear maroon and white when he picks his school on signing day Feb. 6.

Mississippi State has openings at both cornerback spots with seniors Johnthan Banks and Darius Slay heading to the big leagues. Banks won the Thorpe award as the nation’s best defensive back and Alexander should be intrigued by following in his footsteps to Starkville, Ms.

However, the biggest recruiting pitch could come from Townshend who knows exactly what it takes to get to the top and succeed in the league and can pass that wisdom down to Alexander. Securing a commitment from Alexander will be huge for a program that is plays in a division that could have five schools finish with a top-15 recruiting class.

Losing Alexander could be an ominous sign for Mullen and the Bulldogs fortunes in 2013, but right now I believe they hold a slim lead in the chase for the dynamic Alexander.

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Patrick is the host of “The Wake-up Call,” on Sportstownchicago.com airing Wednesday mornings from 8-10. View his show’s website here.

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