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Alexander taking his time

In recent years, Port St. Lucie (Fla.) Treasure Coast has produced numerous Division I football players. That trend will continue with the 2012 class, and amongst those helping it to continue will be running back Shadrach Alexander. The 5-foot-10, 180-pound back holds a few offers as his senior season begins.
"I don't really know all of them, my coach knows, but I know I have Cincinnati, Louisville, FIU, FAU, and Pittsburgh," Alexander said. "I think I have some others but I am not for sure who they are. My coach knows everything. Some of the others that are showing me interest are Ohio, North Carolina State, Georgia Tech, Florida, and Miami have sent me some mail."
So far, Alexander hasn't spent a great deal of time focused on his recruitment. He did tour a number of schools during the summer of 2010 along with a number of Treasure Coast teammates. During that trip, he made his way to Louisville.
"I saw Louisville during a trip like two years ago with a bunch of teammates," Alexander said. "That is actually when Louisville offered me. That was my first offer. They told me when I was up there. It was a nice campus. We had a good time there."
This summer, Alexander said he visited just one institution.
"I went up to FIU for a little tour," Alexander said. "It was nice. I went with a couple of teammates, Travares Copeland and Patrick Jean. It was a nice place."
With his senior season set to begin later this week, Alexander isn't quite ready to dive deep into his recruitment.
"I haven't planned any official visits yet," Alexander said. "I have to talk to my coach about that. I just have to go through my season and hopefully I will pick up more interest and get more offers by the time my season is finished."
When the time comes to hit the road, the Treasure Coast product knows of one Big East program he intends to see for sure.
"I would love to go visit Cincinnati," Alexander said. "I just have a really good relationship with Coach (Mark) Elder. I talk to him a lot. He came down here and saw me during the spring. He just wants me to come up there and look at them. I just like Cincinnati a lot."
At this stage of the process, Alexander says he is open to any and all interested schools.
"I don't have a leader," Alexander said. "It is too early to have a leader. I am just taking it slow."
Down the road when he prepares to make his decision, Alexander knows what he wants in his future home.
"I definitely want to be able to get on the field early if I come in and work hard," Alexander said. "I also want a place that provides me with a back-up plan off of the field."
As a junior, Alexander had 81 rushing attempts for 292 yards and 2 touchdowns on the ground. He also had eight receptions for 56 yards.
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