What five-star Alabama football commitment Jeremiah Alexander brings to Crimson Tide defense
Thompson High edge rusher Jeremiah Alexander's commitment to Alabama football last week makes the Crimson Tide the No. 11-ranked recruiting class of 2022 with five months remaining until the early signing period.
Entering his senior season, the 6-foot-2, 235-pound five-star Alexander has been the same disruptive player his entire high school career. Alexander, the No. 16-ranked recruit in the nation and No. 1 prospect in Alabama according to the 247Sports Composite, has played a big part of Thompson's two-year reign as AHSAA Class 7A state champions.
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Alexander played with an upright stance during every play on his junior season highlight film, but Alabama could have him put a hand on the ground like sophomore Will Anderson Jr. did in 2020. Alexander has played a good amount of middle linebacker as well.
Tuscaloosa County coach Adam Winegarden coached Auburn High when the school played Thompson in the 2020 state championship game. Alexander made his presence felt with acceleration, closeout speed and strength.
On a zone read, Alexander engaged the right tackle, read the option and threw the lineman once the quarterback kept the ball. Alexander closed in before the quarterback made a decision, registered a strip sack and recovered the fumble.
Winegarden has not watched the championship game film.
"He was a dominant player every time we saw him on film and he's somebody you always got to be accounted for," Winegarden said. "Again, he's a guy you can play a linebacker, he's a guy he can line up on the edge. He can just be multiple and do a lot of things and create a lot of problems."
Alexander finished the 2020 season with three fumble recoveries, nine sacks and 71 tackles, nearly half for loss. Alabama's 10th known commitment is its highest-ranked recruit and fifth on defense.
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