Being in the Southeastern Conference, the Mississippi State Bulldogs have to do whatever it takes to stay competitive against the likes of the Alabama Crimson Tide, LSU Tigers and Georgia Bulldogs. One way to do this is by securing one of the top cornerback recruits in the nation.
Mackensie Alexander is into several different schools with the Bulldogs and the Auburn Tigers with the best chance to land him. His visit to Mississippi State on Jan. 18 appeared to go well and certainly did not diminish his chances of attending the school in the fall, but a surprise visit to Auburn this past weekend definitely caught people off guard. Of the two schools, the Bulldogs need him more as he is their last top recruit left on the table.
The 5-foot-11, 175-pound native of Immokalee, Florida is ranked No. 4 on ESPN’s top 150, No. 34 on 247sports top recruitment list and No. 42 on The Rival’s top 100. Regardless of these numbers, they all have him listed as one of the best cornerbacks in the 2013 class who is loaded with potential. In fact, many scouts believe he is the top cornerback prospect and it is not even close.
Alexander has a great reaction to the ball and his quickness gives him an edge in the open field. His toughness allows him to be superior in one-on-one battles and his truck load of confidence gives him the ability to never back down from a challenge. He is everything a head coach would want in a defensive back and then some. There is no question he is a defensive playmaker and he is physically built to handle wide receivers in the SEC.
Many would say the Tigers have a slight edge over the Bulldogs to secure Alexander, but Mississippi State could offer him immediate playing time considering two starting cornerbacks will not be back next season. This is something that will certainly weigh heavily on Alexander’s mind.
As a senior at Immokalee High School, Alexander recorded 40 tackles, five interceptions, defended five passes, forced one fumble and recovered another.