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5-star DT prospect Big Bear Alexander soaks up the sun and the Duke's Mayo Classic with his guardian and father figure Tony Jones at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC on Sept. 4, 2021.

Bear Alexander: 5-star DT prospect transferring from Texas to IMG Academy

Want to attack every day with the latest Georgia football recruiting info? That’s what the Intel brings. This entry is about the latest with 5-star DT prospect Big Bear Alexander.

Big Bear Alexander has been down to two schools.

That’s Georgia and Texas A&M. He has a decision date scheduled for Jan. 2 at the Under Armour All-American Bowl down in Florida.

The 5-star DT prospect (and former UGA commitment) took an interesting step today in his high school career. Alexander won a state title in his junior year with Class 5A Ryan High out in Texas.

He transferred to Brewer for his senior year but did not gain eligibility for that transfer from the governing body of Texas high school football.

Alexander wants to have a senior year before he plays in the SEC. Badly. To that extent, he made the move this week to join the defending mythical high school national champions at IMG Academy.

“Just thankful for the opportunity to play my senior year and perfect my skill set against good talent,” Alexander told DawgNation on Thursday morning.

He spent the morning flying down to Florida to join his new team. Alexander, clad in a UGA jacket, will now make that team full of future Power 5 standouts even stouter upfront.

The hardest thing for Georgia to overcome in the race down the stretch for Alexander was the location factor. The young man lived in Texas and was being courted heavily by the in-state school.

The Aggies could have him on campus for a game or a visit with ease.

That is now no longer the case for the nation’s No. 6 DL prospect and the No. 30 overall recruit for 2022 on the 247Sports Composite rankings. IMG also plays a national schedule with out-of-town games coming up in Alabama, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts and Mississippi.

That makes it just as hard to get to College Station as it does Athens for a game day. Alexander will also no longer be living in the state of Texas either.

Just getting the chance to play here will matter to him.

While the playing field might still not be level with Alexander given his roots as a native Texas, the degree of difficulty in pulling him away from the in-state Aggies has lessened here.

It will still be a hard pull for the Bulldogs to sign Alexander, but the odds have improved by the result of this decision here.

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Big Bear Alexander: The other things to know here

Alexander was in Charlotte for the Clemson-Georgia game. DawgNation got a full account of his experience there.

When he walked around Charlotte on that Saturday afternoon and evening, he was noticed by the Georgia people. Over and over again.

“A ton” was the phrase Alexander used to describe it.

The nation’s No. 6 DT for 2022 (247Sports Composite scale) took a visit back to UGA during the last week of July to see the school he was once seen as a hard commit to.

It was just like old times. That “home” feeling still has never faded.

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