The first early signing period for college football arrived on Wednesday, and the paperwork quickly started coming in. With that in mind, Land of 10 is taking a look at some of the members of that class to let you know what to expect once they arrive on campus.
Ja’Vez Alexander was a little-known prospect on the recruiting trail before Michigan State came along. He had six Division I offers, but none from Power 5 schools. The 247Sports composite listed the Sandusky, Ohio, quarterback as a 2-star prospect.
The Spartans offered on June 27, and it only took Alexander a day to commit. Coach Mark Dantonio and his program got a player who would throw for 1,660 yards and 18 touchdowns and rush for 695 yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior. He would leave Sandusky as its all-time leader in passing yards (4,537) and touchdowns (45).
But Alexander won’t likely play behind center at Michigan State. Watching him perform, Spartans co-offensive coordinator Jim Bollman saw a versatile athlete who could fit in at several spots. Alexander also played safety in high school, but that’s not where he’ll likely end up, either.
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“I believe that they saw a general athlete that could probably play a couple different positions,” Sandusky coach Mike Franklin told Land of 10. “When we went out to camp in June, I asked Coach Bollman, ‘Where would you like Ja’Vez to work out at?’ And he said they’d like him to work out at wide receiver. They got a lot of film on him while he was up there at camp, and they were happy with what they saw.”
With his future becoming a little clearer, Alexander has risen up the rankings and earned his third star. His 247Sports profile has been altered to reflect his position change, but the rankings still place him among other quarterbacks.
Regardless, the 6-foot-2 standout is a cerebral player who thrives with the ball in his hands. He’ll get to know that playbook soon enough, as he plans to enroll in January and get a head start on his desired engineering degree.
High School: Sandusky (Ohio)
Ranking: 3-star prospect, No. 53 player in Ohio, No. 34 dual-threat quarterback in the country
Commitment date: June 28, 2017
How he fits in: Alexander mirrors several young receivers on Michigan State’s roster in that he can do a lot of things and wants to do a lot of things. At Sandusky, he started at quarterback and safety and contributed on special teams. He played basketball in high school and, according to Franklin, could have been a track star as well. Though the Blue Streaks didn’t use him at receiver, it looks like a challenge he will relish.
“He’s always in tremendous shape,” Franklin said. “He’s always the first one in sprints. He’s the first kid in the weight room and the last kid out, just that type of work ethic where if he puts it in his mind that he’s gonna do something, he’s gonna do it, and he’s gonna do it at the right level. He wants to overachieve.”
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