Minutes before deciding on his college destination, No. 2 cornerback prospect Mackensie Alexander called up Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney to reaffirm their commitment. Without hesitation Swinney responded saying that they really want him, and more importantly, they need him.
Moments later Mackensie announced on national TV that he would sign with Clemson and the Tigers will be glad that he did. Alexander is the gem of Clemson’s top 15, 2013 class national ranking and he figures to play a major role on their improving defense this fall.
Under first year defensive coordinator Brent Venables the Tigers made some improvements, ranking No. 48 nationally in scoring defense (24.8 points per game) and No. 63 in total defense (396.2 yards per game), but it’s still not the defense that will win them a national championship. Knowing that, Swinney focused most of his recruiting efforts on defensive players that he projects to help them right away and Alexander is one of those guys.
At 5-foot-11, 175 pounds, Alexander is not the biggest corner in college football but he makes up for it with tremendous athleticism. He often plays and competes bigger than his stature suggests and he has the rare ability to be a lock-down defensive back. Alexander has great play awareness, quickness and he can close on a pass with tremendous ability. The best part about Alexander’s game, besides just his immense skill set, is his potential to continue to grow physically. Once he arrives Clemson coaches will get him in the weight room and strengthen him even further while not taking away from his natural speed.
Clemson’s worries are not on the offensive side of the ball as they possess one of the top offenses in the country but it’s their defense that needs some help. Alexander will be able to compete and challenge for playing time right away and that will only help Clemson’s ability to compete next fall.