Alex Bookser of Mt. Lebanon, Pa. has quickly become one of the more sought after offensive linemen in the region. And with offers piling up, including two more today from Alabama and Tennessee, he is also becoming a national recruit to watch.
"My coach told me I was supposed to call Alabama yesterday, so when I had some free time today I called them and actually got to talk to Coach Saban for a little bit," said Bookser, who is 6-foot-6, 295 pounds. "He was the one who offered me, which was pretty cool. And then Tennessee has been contacting me over Facebook and they had seemed pretty interested, but I hadn't had a chance to call, but when I did they were very excited and want to try to get down sometime in the spring."
Besides the Crimson Tide and Volunteers, other schools who have recently offered Bookser include Ohio State, Northwestern and Nebraska.
All of this success is obviously very exciting for the Western Pennsylvania lineman.
"It's fun and it's really exciting," said Bookser. "It gives me a sense that all the work I've put in for the last how many years has finally paid off, and that is one of the greatest feelings ever. But at the same time it means I have to work even harder now this off-season because I know I'm no longer flying under the radar. I have high expectations and everyone knows who I am around here now so I'll have a target on my back."
Approaching 15 offers, Bookser is thinking about taking a few offers this spring.
"I want to try to make it up to Rutgers in late March, and Ohio State and Northwestern in early April," said Bookser. "I might go to Pitt this weekend and Penn State sometime soon. There are a lot of places that interest me and I want to go see them in person. I just have to figure them out."
Finally, Bookser also discussed his timeline to trimming his list of schools.
"I want to try to make a top ten or top eight by the end of the spring," said Bookser, who joked about his situation. "I'm kind of hoping I stop getting offers so it would make it easier."