Phenix City (Ala.) Central athlete Earl Alexander had one of the most impressive summer and springs of anybody in the Southeast. Already regarded as one of the state of Alabama's best players, the 6-foot-4, 200-pounder blew up at the Athens NIKE Camp and then quickly after that showed why he's one of the nation's best at Georgia, Auburn and several other places over the summer.
Yet Alexander, ranked as the No. 5 player in the state and a Rivals250 member, said he's not satisfied with where he's at now and wants to stake a claim to the No. 1 spot in the state.
"Without a doubt I feel like I'm just starting to scratch the surface," said Alexander, who is being recruited as both a quarterback and an athlete.
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"The coaches have done a great job of getting me ready and getting me to the point where I'm at now. They kept me back and kept things simple for me when I was younger and that allowed me to focus on doing things the right way. Now that I'm a senior they're throwing more things at me and I really feel that I'm starting to peak and the potential I have is starting to show."
Alexander, a four-star prospect, said there are a few plays where that potential really comes through.
"It's 640 read," Alexander said. "I'm back in the shotgun, and I read the end. If he gets up field, then I pull it and cut off tackle. If he plays me then I give it off to the running back and he takes it outside. That play is good for 10-20 yards almost every play.
"I also think the 15-yard curl or the 15-yard out are big for me, too. It's just there every time. I feel like I can throw that pass with my eyes closed and know that it's going to be a big play every time. I've worked hard with my receiver and we're so familiar with each other that we know what to do and how to complete the pass for big yards every time."
Alexander hopes to get a shot at making big-yards in the SEC. At this point all signs look like it's an in-state battle between Alabama and Auburn. The Tide made an official offer quite some time ago, and Auburn made an unofficial offer a few weeks back.
"I was supposed to go up there for one of their one-day camps, so I can talk to them about the offer, but I couldn't go," Alexander said. "I still don't have that offer in writing. They said they were going to offer me, so I'm still going try to get up there and see the coaches and hang out. I think most definitely will come then."
Even though Alexander said Auburn and Bama are going to be tough to beat, don't count out other SEC programs like UGA and LSU. He said he's already beginning to lay the groundwork to take official and unofficial visits to those schools.
"I'm going to be going to a lot of games this year," he said. "I going to get to Georgia, Auburn and Alabama for some of their games, and I plan on going to LSU on an official visit for sure. I just want to have some fun with this."