What it means for Clemson: Alexander is a huge score for the Tigers and Swinney, who stepped up their game this year in landing elite defensive talent. In addition to Alexander, who replaces No. 1 overall prospect Robert NkemdicheRobert Nkemdiche Defensive End 6-5, 275 Loganville, GA View Full Profile as the gem of their class -- Nkemdiche decommitted from the Tigers this past fall -- Clemson’s group of recruits includes No. 3 inside linebacker Ben BoulwareBen Boulware Outside Linebacker 6-1, 230 Anderson, SC View Full Profile, No. 8 outside linebacker Dorian O’Daniel and 10th-rated defensive end Ebenezer OgundekoEbenezer Ogundeko Outside Linebacker 6-3, 240 Brooklyn, NY View Full Profile, all members of the ESPN 150.
Immediate impact (scale of 1-5): 4. As a shutdown cornerback, Alexander can step right into Brent Venables’ defensive system and contribute. Physically, Alexander is ready, and his work ethic is legendary in Immokalee.