Class of 2016

Quayshon Alexander

HometownProspect Park, NJ
High schoolDe Paul Catholic
Offer dateFeb. 27, 2015
Official visitSept. 12, 2015
Commit dateJune 19, 2015

Quayshon Alexander had Husker fans sweating down the stretch, but he reaffirmed his commitment to Nebraska on National Signing Day.

Rutgers made a strong push to flip the long-time NU commit from New Jersey. His older brother plays there, and he took an official visit to the nearby campus on the final weekend before NSD.

But his loyalty to the Huskers won out, and they held on to him. He announced that he’d stick with NU during a Wednesday morning press conference at his school.

NU worked hard to ensure Alexander stayed in the class. The coaches went in-home with him every week after the dead period lifted, including Mike Riley, who made Alexander one of his first stops in January.

Alexander initially committed to the Huskers in June 2015. The linebacker almost committed weeks before that, but decided to wait until after taking a visit to Nebraska.

“It just confirmed all of my feelings,” he said an interview with The World-Herald in June. “It was a genuine love for the place.”

He’s a three-star prospect, according to the 247 composite, and the No. 473 overall recruit in the country. He’s also the 12th best player in New Jersey.

NU has two other linebackers committed in the 2016 class — Greg Simmons and Pernell Jefferson. Some programs recruited Alexander as a defensive end, but the Huskers like him as an outside linebacker.

“He’s such a great athlete he could play anywhere on the field,” DePaul Catholic coach John McKenna said.

Alexander's also a wrestling fanatic. He joined the wrestling team for a season as a junior last winter. He told the Newark Star-Ledger that he’s interested in amateur wrestling, a career path he’d consider pursuing after football.

Alexander recorded 14 tackles for loss and five sacks as a senior for DePaul Catholic, which won a third straight state title last fall. He was a first-team all-state selection by as a junior and earned third-team All-Non-Public honors as a senior.

He appears to have a frame suitable for increased muscle and weight, so if Nebraska were to transform him into a full-time defensive end, Alexander likely could make that transition. But there may also be a future for him as a stand-up outside linebacker, a guy who can beat tackles with speed and hold his ground against the run. His pass-rush ability is something that will be appealing right away for a team that needs more explosiveness off the edge.

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