Immokalee DB Mackensie Alexander commits to Tennessee for 2013

NAPLES, Fla. - Following a strong junior season and a good showing at the largest combine in the country, Immokalee defensive back Mackensie Alexander has become a hot commodity this recruiting season.

Alexander capitalized on his recent celebrity by securing a scholarship offer to play football in a Bowl Championship Series conference. The first-team all-state cornerback verbally committed to the University of Tennessee on Thursday morning.

“I like the way (the Volunteers) play defense,” Alexander said. “They play like I play it. I don't have to go in and change. They like the man-to-man guys and use them to make things happen.”

Alexander also has offers from Florida, Miami, Ohio State and South Carolina.

Immokalee coach Jerrod Ackley said last month that several recruiters told him Alexander will be one of the most recruited defensive backs in the Class of 2013. Alexander helped himself by being named one of the top defensive backs Friday at the U.S. Army National Combine, an elite invitation-only event for 500 of the top high school underclassmen in San Antonio.

Ackley said Tuesday he was shocked by Alexander's commitment. The Indians coach said he wasn't involved with the decision, and he only heard about it from someone at ESPN.

“I don't know what to say about it,” Ackley said. “He's never even been to Knoxville. He doesn't know anyone but the recruiting coordinator. A lot goes into a decision like that, and I think Mackensie was a bit hasty.”

Ackley expects several more BCS offers to come in for Alexander and thought the junior would wait to sift through them before making a decision.

Alexander was happy to commit to the Volunteers, but seemed to leave the door open for other schools in a phone interview with the Daily News on Tuesday afternoon.

“Right now Tennessee is the best fit,” Alexander said. “There are other schools I considered, but right now Tennessee is my top school. I'm pretty sure other (offers) will come in the next couple of weeks. I still have schools I'm interested in, but right now Tennessee is No. 1.”

The 5-foot-11, 175-pound Alexander was one of the top cornerbacks in the state this past season. He always defended the opponent's top receiver, and Ackley said he gave up only a handful of catches.

Alexander had 42 tackles, three interceptions, two fumble recoveries and six pass deflections. He was named to the Associated Press' Class 5A all-state first team, the Florida Athletic Coaches Association all-district team and the Daily News all-area team.

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voloffaith writes:

He left the door cracked and was honest in his current favorite....

Witch_Doctors writes:

Witch Doctor say they gonna be some crow eating end of next season. Witch Doctor be here to remind you who needs a big ole piece! lol Witch Doctor say proof kids look at the facts and not sports boards.
Bones never lie.
Go REAL Vols!

iowa_vol writes:

I hope that this holds out. Good luck young man and looking forward to having you on Rocky Top.

Atuss writes:

This commitment is about as flimsy as the toilet paper at the corner gas station.

notorange writes:

in response to Atuss:

This commitment is about as flimsy as the toilet paper at the corner gas station.

LOL.........+ 1

abnerPeabody writes:

in response to Atuss:

This commitment is about as flimsy as the toilet paper at the corner gas station.

How right you are. His Coach is not happy and will steer him in another direction. Nothing here to get excited about seeing as we don't even have a DC yet and did I mention his Coach is not happy?

givehim6 writes:

Maybe this young man heard how might be UT's next DC.

TeamXer writes:

Does he know the D Coordinator is gone? Best not to get too excited.

Dalton writes:

No one should dedicate themselves to joy or despair at this point....but it is a positive to have a verbal from a quality players...sure he could change his mind in the time it took me to post but good athletes are looking at our program with something other than total disregard...where's the dark cloud in that....was really wanting Shannon as DC but I'm enough of an optimistic fan to be on board with Sunseri...just keep hiring Bama staff...some of that Saban magic has to rub off on one of them!

oldster writes:

I hope Alexander is great.

osbymartin75 writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEAR:

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That is true..but in this case it is the coach..he hasnt been to knoxville let alone campus..i hope he is as good as advertised and stays on board.

pcorange writes:

Be good if it holds up. He will obviously have a lot of influence over the next year from his HS coach to go elsewhere, but maybe he'll follow his heart to UT.

jack_2222#231746 writes:

For this kid, commitment equals current best offer.
For Dooley, offer equals current best prospect.

Fair enough.

volaholic45 writes:

Commit, soft commit, verbal commit, committed right now - it's all nonsense. The commit word has lost its meaning entirely. The only commitment that means a thing is a signed and faxed LOI, and if you keep a sick daddy card up your sleeve, that doesn't mean anything either.

nocleats writes:

Committed, Most dont understand the word....
Consider eggs and bacon....
The Chicken is dedicated but the Pig is COMMITTED

Orange_Pants_Buy_One_Get_One_Free writes:

The problem is this staff will be long gone when this kid signs in 02/13.

VolsFanInAfghanistan writes:

in response to abnerPeabody:

How right you are. His Coach is not happy and will steer him in another direction. Nothing here to get excited about seeing as we don't even have a DC yet and did I mention his Coach is not happy?

I agree, with his coach making a comment about him making a hasty decision and not knowing anyone at rocky top but the recruiter, he'll be changing his mind in no time.

VolFanInTheBoro (Inactive) writes:

in response to Orange_Pants_Buy_One_Get_One_Free:

The problem is this staff will be long gone when this kid signs in 02/13.

Hopefully, WDD, you will also be gone

hcjournals#206623 writes:

Congratulations Mackensie! We won the National Championship at the first BCS final in Tempe, Arizona....with your and others help, we're going to get it again during your time. Thanks for having the maturity to stand up and tell the world you're going to be a Vol. There is no other place to play in like Neyland Stadium. Can't wait to until you get there. Very cool....

Flyfisherman writes:

Don't count your chickens before they're hatched...2013 is a long time away for a HS junior....Hope it works out for us, but got to be realistic.

allvols4life writes:

in response to nocleats:

Committed, Most dont understand the word....
Consider eggs and bacon....
The Chicken is dedicated but the Pig is COMMITTED

Could not agree more. Very good analogy. I wish people would stop using the commit word and just list top schools in order. Then this generation might actually know what commitment really is.

devo-evol writes:

Wow, could his HS coach be anymore negative toward his commitment? I hope he does not have much influence on him. I honest can't understand a coach saying such things in public about one of his players. Say what you will but the real productive players the last 2 years have been Dooley's recruits. Problem was they were FR and SO but a recruit has to believe he can come in and play immediately. If we can hold together a good recruiting class and get back all the injured from this year we should have enough depth to compete for the East. We just need some leadership from some JR's and SR's, which I think has been a bigger problem than most have mentioned or consider. GO VOLS!

dislikethemtrolls writes:

in response to toddyboy:

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Toddlerboy, you really are just a fat slob negative nanny, right? Thought so.

GONAVY writes:

in response to volaholic45:

Commit, soft commit, verbal commit, committed right now - it's all nonsense. The commit word has lost its meaning entirely. The only commitment that means a thing is a signed and faxed LOI, and if you keep a sick daddy card up your sleeve, that doesn't mean anything either.

so true

Volfan4445 writes:

daniel mcCullers just commited!!!!! good news indeed

lakesidegator writes:

Quite frankly, it has been a deliberative effort in posting this comment, since Tennessee foot ball has become so irrelevant.

VolGrad writes:

in response to Atuss:

This commitment is about as flimsy as the toilet paper at the corner gas station.

And I guess you're the local toilet paper expert. Spent a lot of time at the corner gas station, eh?

VolGrad writes:

in response to VolsFanInAfghanistan:

I agree, with his coach making a comment about him making a hasty decision and not knowing anyone at rocky top but the recruiter, he'll be changing his mind in no time.

If Landry's own mom could not control her son's decision, how much influence do you really think a recruit's coach will have?

Bubba_Knows writes:

in response to Atuss:

This commitment is about as flimsy as the toilet paper at the corner gas station.

I agree. I doubled it up and still ended up using my hand. That's nasty!

gatorstomper writes:

go vols

Vol_in_GA writes:

What is the point of committing to a school over a year before you graduate?

jesusvol4 writes:

Recruiting is a give and take deal. This kid has apparently been quick in making his choice, and could change on a dime. I'm not counting him in as a BIG ORANGE signee yet. Keep an eye on him and if he is the right fit for the Tennessee program, he will be here.

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