LSU lands commitment from four-star DT Edwin Alexander for 2016
Edwin Alexander has committed to LSU … again.
The four-star defensive tackle pledged to the Tigers at their spring game on Saturday. Alexander had initially announced his intention to attend LSU in November 2013, during his sophomore season at Saint Thomas Aquinas (La.) High. He later backed off his commitment but indicated he was still considering the Tigers.
"At the time I was excited to get my first offer," Alexander told Rivals.com in January. "Well, it wasn't my first offer but I loved LSU as a child growing up and I wanted to commit. As I got older, I wanted to keep my options open. It was a little too early. I just wanted to keep my options open and have fun."
Rivals.com rates Alexander the No. 4 defensive tackle in the class of 2016. He has garnered scholarship offers from Arkansas, Florida State, Florida and Ole Miss, among other programs. After earning district defensive player of the year honors as a sophomore, Alexander reportedly dealt with knee issues during his junior season.
Alexander is set to join a class that counts nine commitments and includes five-star cornerback Saivion Smith, four-star wide receiver Dee Anderson and four-star quarterback Feleipe Franks. LSU also is considered a contender to land Ed Oliver and Rashard Lawrence, the nation’s No. 7 and No. 8 defensive tackles.
While Alexander won’t arrive in Baton Rouge, La., until next year, it is a positive development for a Tigers defensive line that underperformed last season. Even if LSU doesn’t land those other two prospects, Alexander profiles as an interior disrupter who could make an impact early in his college career.