Class of 2012

LeRoy Alexander

HometownToledo, OH
High schoolWhitmer

The 6-foot-2, 190-pound Alexander becomes the 12th known commitment of Nebraska's 2012 recruiting class after receiving a scholarship offer on an official visit.

Alexander, from Toledo, Ohio, played for current Nebraska graduate assistant Vince Marrow and was teammates with current Husker defensive tackle Kevin Williams at Holland (Ohio) High School, where Marrow coached in 2009. Alexander transferred to Whitmer for his senior season.

Alexander had previously committed to Toledo, and was being recruited by Michigan State and Nebraska late in the process.

The talented athlete played both ways for Whitmer this season, making 43 tackles and two interceptions on defense and scoring nine touchdowns on offense while playing a number of positions.

It took Alexander just a few seconds to make his commitment.

“I made it right up front after the offer,” Alexander told Huskers Illustrated, a recruiting partner with The World-Herald. “I was sort of expecting an offer. Going through the visit really helped me make a decision right away. I really liked the facilities and the education system. I liked everything Nebraska has.”

Alexander said he prefers wide receiver, but would be happy playing defensive back either way. One of the bigger selling points for the receiver position was the quick bond he struck with Nebraska assistant Rich Fisher.

“I really like coach Fisher,” Alexander said. “He’s really about getting to know you as a person. He can build a relationship on the field and off the field. He wants to help you as a man. Football is second for him, because he wants to help you succeed in life first.”

A talented three-sport athlete, Alexander played for All-Ohio Red on the AAU circuit and was also a standout track athlete.

He was at the center of a transfer controversy when he headed to Whitmer for his senior season. In May 2011, the Ohio High School Athletic Association declared him ineligible for competition and barred Alexander from playing any sports until April 2012, contending that Alexander had violated transfer by-laws. After losing an appeal, Alexander and his family filed a lawsuit against the OHSAA, alleging that the association had violated its own laws by not allowing Alexander’s mother, Teresa, to provide more information. An injunction granted just hours before Whitmer’s first game of the season allowed Alexander to play as a senior.

Alexander was a bit of an off-the-radar commitment for the Huskers. Though his highlight tape wasn’t particularly flashy, Alexander possesses the athleticism to help Nebraska at a number of positions in the future from the secondary to slot wide receiver and other areas. He spent most of his time on campus with wide receivers coach Rich Fisher, but head coach Bo Pelini said that he likely will play cornerback. His athleticism and durability make him an intriguing prospect.

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Photo courtesy of the Toledo Blade

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