Immokalee cornerback Mackensie Alexander has decommitted from Tennessee.
He is one of the top-rated prospects at his position, sitting at No. 56 in the Rivals100 and currently holding 17 offers. The 5-foot-11, 175-pounder has an impressive junior highlight reel and is being pursued by programs across the country, including Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame, USC and the Big Three in Florida.
The Gators — who are the favorite at this time — will get the first shot at Alexander since his decommitment. He’s scheduled to unofficially visit next weekend and take in spring practice. It will be his third time seeing Gainesville this year.
Alexander attended Florida’s junior days in January and February, and things got interesting on the latter trip. He had a long meeting with UF coach Will Muschamp and was the last visitor to leave campus.
The staff picked up six public commitments that day and there has been speculation Alexander was lucky No. 7. Whether he went silent or stuck with the Vols is unknown, but that’s all irrelevant now.
Alexander is a priority moving forward for Florida, which needs to stock up on offensive players in 2013 and be selective about who it takes in the secondary. With two safeties already secured in Keanu Neal and Nick Washington, the Gators are looking to add two to three corners in this class.
Some other targets include Vernon Hargreaves III (Tampa, Fla./Wharton), Tre Bell (Jersey City, N.J./St. Peters Prep), Brendan Langley (Marietta, Ga./Kell), Will Likely (Belle Glade, Fla./Glades Central) and Priest Willis (Tempe, Ariz./Marcos De Niza).