The offers have come early and often for River Ridge (La.) John Curtis three-star cornerback Terrence Alexander. The first offers arrived after his sophomore season from Ole Miss and Tulane, and now his list has eclipsed 30 offers and includes the likes of Ohio State, Nebraska, Tennessee, and several others.
As his senior season approaches the 5-foot-10, 180-pound defender is beginning to narrow his list. He has not made any eliminations yet, but the process has begun.
"I don't have any favorites yet, but I'm narrowing my list in my head," Alexander said. "I'll definitely know a top five or top four by my senior season if not before because I'd like to be focused on my senior season. I don't want to be focused on recruiting."
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This summer Alexander was able to focus on recruiting, take a few visits, and attend a few camps with his most recent trip being a west coast visit to Stanford.
"The Stanford visit was real nice actually," Alexander said. "Seeing the school in person was so crazy because the campus is so big and there's so much money around the area. Everything is so new and it's still being renovated with new buildings. They're getting a new football/athletic building which is going to look great. There's a lot of movement out there at Stanford."
The Cardinal offered Alexander early and their efforts have remained consistent. Once Alexander arrived on campus, he quickly noticed Stanford was much more than lip service.
"Stanford was my third offer actually and it was great being able to sit down and talk to coach face-to-face," Alexander said. "You can see how much someone really wants you when you are in their presence. To actually go up there and see that they really wanted me more than over the phone was real great. All the coaches knew me. They all knew who I was when I stepped on campus. I got to work with the DB coach. It was a nice visit."
Before his trip to Stanford was a stop at LSU for camp in July.
"The LSU camp was nice," Alexander said. "They had a lot of talent out there. At the same time I got to talk to the coaches out there. They didn't offer, but they are talking to me and I had a real strong showing."
Then there was a trip to Ole Miss in June.
"Ole Miss, every time I go up there they show me a bunch of love," Alexander said. "Everybody knows me there. They want me really bad. They are constantly telling me that and selling me on their program, and at the same time it's not that far from home and I'd get to play in the SEC."
As Alexander looks at his options, he is looking at a number of factors. At the top of his list is having an early opportunity. He has not made any cuts to his list yet, but a few schools are likely to be there when he does announce his finalists.
"Yeah I have a good feeling about a couple of schools. I know Ole Miss and Stanford will be in my top five and maybe Ohio State," Alexander said. "Things could change during the season."
Northwestern, Kentucky, and Nebraska are also programs mentioned who could close out his list of preseason finalists, as well as Miami who has not offered at this point but has been making a strong push.
He also has an idea about potential official visits. The visits will have to wait until after his senior season, but there have already been discussions.
"Not yet, but some schools have told me about the official but they haven't told me the date yet," Alexander. "I know Ole Miss has tried to set up a visit. They're trying to find the right date. Stanford also after the season. Nebraska also."
With his senior season approaching soon, Alexander has a few decision to make in the near future and he is feeling good about where things stand at this point in the process.