Big Bear Alexander has said exactly what he was looking for in regard to his future college decision.
“Whoever can develop their players and compete and just win on the field,” Alexander told DawgNation in November. “Just get the best out of their guys on and off the field and who cares about you in your life after football, too.”
The nation’s No. 2 DT and No. 5 overall prospect for Rivals.com has apparently found what he was looking for at Georgia. The 6-foot-3.5, 315-pound junior decided to make his college commitment on National Signing Day for the 2021 class.
That all changed.
“With the window being so short literally 11 months [I] just decided to shut it down early and find a home,” Alexander told DawgNation this week.
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Georgia was able to beat out intense recruiting from the likes of Alabama, Oklahoma, Texas and Texas A&M for his services, among others.
Alexander becomes the second elite DT prospect in the 2022 class at Georgia. His decision brings the tally of commitments in that cycle up to eight for the Bulldogs. He’s the first out-of-state prospect in the class.
With this decision, the Bulldogs rise from No. 3 to the No. 2 spot in the 247Sports Team Composite national recruiting rankings for 2022. Georgia’s score with its eight commitments (181.61) now only trails Ohio State. The Buckeyes have a trio of 5-star recruits among their 10 pledges and a score of 225.91.
“Big Bear” ranks as the nation’s No. 9 DT and the No. 140 overall recruit for 2022 on the 247Sports Composite but that slot is likely due for a significant rating bump after evaluation of Alexander’s dominating junior year for Class 5A Texas state champion Ryan High.
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Big Bear Alexander’s commitment pushed Georgia to the No. 2 recruiting class in the nation for the 2022 cycle on the 247Sports Team Composite rankings. (Bear Alexander/Instagram)
The first time Big Bear Alexander impressed Georgia
The Georgia football program’s reputation has always stood out to Alexander. He was asked back in November what was the best thing he liked about UGA.
He said a lot of positive things about Dan Lanning, Tray Scott and Kirby Smart. Yet his strongest comments centered on the program as a whole.
“The defense,” he said back in November. “The consistency in going out there every week and getting after it and getting better. You can tell how well-coached they are on the field improving each week.”
Big Bear Alexander drove from Texas to Georgia for his first on-campus visit. That was back in the summer of 2019. While he worked out, he was quickly elevated to the top D-line group with the biggest 2020 prospects that Georgia was evaluating for that class.
Alexander had one of the top showings at that camp. That’s to be expected from a young man who was already 305 pounds and shaving when he was in middle school.
The fact that he was showing out as a 2022 prospect mixed in with other 2020 and 2021 high-level targets wasn’t the most impressive thing there.