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5-star DT Big Bear Alexander has transferred from his high school home in Texas to play the rest of his senior year at IMG Academy in Florida. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)

Big Bear Alexander: Major 5-star target ‘couldn’t have been more fired up’ in Athens this weekend

Want to attack every day with the latest Georgia football recruiting info? That’s the Intel. This entry is about the latest with 5-star DT Big Bear Alexander after his game visit on Saturday. He was in the stands to watch Georgia thump Arkansas by a 37-0 margin.


The things that 5-stars do in the midst of the west end zone recruiting bleachers at Sanford Stadium.

“The energy was definitely in Athens and I couldn’t have been more fired up,” major 5-star recruiting target Big Bear Alexander told DawgNation on Sunday.

The latest episode here came when current USC commitment Mykel Williams gestured to the former UGA commitment on Saturday in the midst of Georgia’s 37-0 thrashing of a top 10 Arkansas team.

Williams pointed out a unique fan tribute to Alexander. It was the sign in the UGA student section that said: “We Want Bear.”

After all, this is 2021.

“Yeah,” Alexander said. “I believe he said ‘they love some Big Bear.’”

They do. The question here is just how much the feelings are still mutual. Or how much they can grow over the next two-and-a-half months.

Georgia’s recruiting efforts there, much like the results of the 2021 season, continue to put points up on the board.

Alexander is down to Georgia and Texas A&M and he still plans to make his decision known on Jan. 2 at the Under Armour All-American Game in Florida.

There will be an official visit to come to UGA later this season. That will most likely be in December. Somewhere between the SEC Championship Game and that two-week period between that contest and the early signing period.

That’s the typical Georgia plan there with its priority recruits in the Kirby Smart era.

But “Big Bear” continues to see Georgia do big things.

What was his favorite part about the visit on Saturday?

“I wanna say seeing [Devonte] Wyatt get his first sack and the excitement in the locker room afterward,” he told DawgNation.

He was inside Sanford Stadium for the first time as a recruit. He looked down on the field and started pondering a possible future inside the teeth of that red and black defense.

What was going through his mind?

“That this could potentially be me playing for one of the top defenses in the country,” Alexander said.

Were there any highlights or surprises? Well, he led off with that sign.

“The sign,” he said. “People actually knowing me and then [Georgia] beating an actual talented team.”

It seems there is a sense of growing momentum for the Bulldogs here. There was an impactful visit in late July just before the dead period. That’s when he said Georgia still made everything feel like home even after his abrupt June de-commitment.

Alexander was in the stands in Charlotte for Georgia’s tone-setting 10-3 win against Clemson. There was another development to track here recently, too.

He was declared ineligible to play his senior season in Texas due to moving to another team in another school district. While facing the chance of not having a senior season, the nation’s No. 6 DL and No. 30 overall recruit (247Sports Composite) opted to transfer to play for defending mythical national champion IMG Academy in Florida.

Saturday just put more charcoal on the fire there for Georgia’s chance at a recommitment with Alexander.

What has he been paying attention to?

“Defensive production,” he said. “They definitely had to have some good weeks of practice and they are still being able to adapt offensively without their key QB.”

Alexander was able to attend the Georgia game on Saturday after his recent transfer because the Ascenders were off last Friday night. IMG is also off next weekend for returning to the field on Oct. 15.

That should be Alexander’s first game in the white, blue and chrome for the dominant national boarding school program.

How much will he visit Texas A&M prior to his decision in January? Will he give the Aggies an official visit? What will that program do to swing the momentum back their way?

Those are the next big things to monitor here as Georgia goes head-to-head with the home state SEC West program for the native Texan.

But anyone who saw his face on Saturday afternoon would feel led to believe the Bulldogs are not going anywhere in this key remaining recruiting battle for the 2022 cycle.

5-star DT Big Bear Alexander enjoys a drink in the stands with Tony Jones on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021, for the Arkansas game. Alexander will refer to Jones as his father and has been deeply grateful for having Jones in his life. He has been his guardian, father figure and a key mentor to him throughout high school. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)
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5-star DT Big Bear Alexander was another priority visitor at UGA on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021, for the Arkansas game (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)
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5-star DT Big Bear Alexander hangs out with his guardian and father figure Tony Jones prior to the game on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021, for the Arkansas game (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)
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5-star DT Big Bear Alexander ranks as the nation's No. 6 DL and the No. 30 overall recruit for 2022 on the 247Sports Composite ratings. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)
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