Iowa City (Iowa) West wide receiver Dondre Alexander lives just five minutes from Kinnick Stadium, home of the Iowa Hawkeyes. That proximity to the University has helped the 6-3, 195-pound junior receive early attention from his hometown school.
"I've been talking to Iowa a lot. That has been the most consistent interest right now," Alexander said. "They are just looking forward to seeing me play this season. They said they are going to come watch me and stay in touch with me."
Alexander actually grew up in Chicago and moved to Iowa City in the seventh grade. Since then he has seen several games at Kinnick and followed the Hawkeye's program closely.
"When I moved to Iowa, that's when sports really became a main focus for me," Alexander said. "I've seen a few games at Kinnick and it's a lot of fun. I've been there for a few visits too."
Alexander expects to attend several games this fall at Kinnick, but the first time he sees the Hawkeyes may actually be in Ames, Iowa. The class of 2013 prospect knows for sure he will be in Ames on Sept. 10 to see the in-state rivalry between Iowa State and Iowa.
Iowa State and Michigan State are the other two programs showing interest on par with the Hawkeyes at this stage of the process.
"Those are my top three schools - Iowa, Iowa State and Michigan State," Alexander said. "Those are the only schools showing a lot of interest in me, so they are my top priorities."
Recruiting questionnaires have come in from schools like Florida and Oregon, and Alexander plans to wait and let the interest build before rendering his final decision.
"I still have a whole year to think about it and am trying to make my decision sometime later," Alexander said.
In the near term, Alexander is focused on his junior season, which kicks off this Friday against Waterloo East. As a sophomore he tallied 37 receptions for 537 yards and seven touchdowns and is looking to better those numbers as a junior.
"We have had nine months to work in the off-season, and I feel like I got bigger, stronger and faster," Alexander said. "I'm looking forward to doing more than I did last year - more catches, receiving yards and just help the team out as much as I can."