As a Recruit:
Victor Alexander became Georgia Tech's 26th signing of the 2015 class when he committed on Jan. 31, a few days before National Signing Day. That commitment didn't come without plenty of question marks and false rumors though. Alexander originally committed to UCLA but flipped to Tech. Just two days later, a UCLA blog claimed that Vic confirmed he hadn't left UCLA and was still signing with the Bruins. That all turned out to be untrue once the three-star, 5'10", 220 lb. linebacker committed to the Jackets out of Trinity Christian Academy in Jacksonville, Fla. Current defensive back Lynn Griffin also graduated from Trinity Christian. Alexander chose the Jackets over some impressive offers including Florida, UCLA, Miami, North Carolina, and Virginia Tech.
My body is sore from just watching the highlight tape. Alexander plays fast and aggressive and plenty of players paid the price in high school. He's easily the hardest hitting defensive player I've watched in this year's class. He has a knack for finding the holes quickly and bursting through them, which is key for a guy like Victor who is fairly short for a linebacker. Those holes quickly became areas to avoid for opposing running backs when they met the brick wall on the other side. Another area of strength seems to be coverage. I was happy to see quite a few clips of Alexander falling back into coverage and making big hits on wide receivers as well as making an interception. He reads the QB very well and came up to make plays on short passes on multiple occasions. There don't seem to be any weaknesses in this guy's game.
What to Expect:
Due to Tech primarily using only two linebackers on the field at most times, there isn't as much playing time available, but there's no reason to believe that Alexander can't battle for that playing time. The obvious returning starter at one LB spot is P.J. Davis, a guy that plays very similarly to Alexander. Guys like Tyler Marcordes, Anthony Harrell, and Beau Hankins have experience and will be in the discussion for the other starting spot. Marcus Allen is another linebacker who could battle for playing time, but I still believe his strongest suit is on the offensive side of the ball. Alexander has all of the tools to play as a true freshman, and I wouldn't be surprised at all to see him be the freshman linebacker that gets some playing time. He could also be scary on special teams, but we'll see if the coaching staff are willing to burn a redshirt for only those contributions.
Congratulations on your commitment, Victor. We're happy you made the right decision to attend Georgia Tech, and we can't wait to see you on the Flats!
Is Alexander the hardest hitting linebacker you've seen in awhile? Are the P.J. Davis comparisons accurate? Will he play as a true freshman?