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5 Things to Know About Kwon Alexander

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READ: BUCS GET DEFENSIVE1. He was one of the top high school prospects in the country.

Rivals.com had Alexander ranked as the No. 11 linebacker in Alabama and No. 20 player at that position in the nation. A four-star recruit, Alexander was heavily recruited, especially by in-state powers Auburn and Alabama. He also had offers from Florida State, Ohio State, Oregon, among others, before deciding on LSU.

2. He was moved from running back to linebacker his sophomore year at Oxford High School in Alabama and proved to be a "natural" at the position.
"In that first game he had 17, 18 tackles," John Grass, Alexander's high school coach, said. "Kwon is just a natural for the position. He has great instincts. He's so explosive. He sees the ball and then go gets the ball. Kwon runs so well, and boy, can he tackle. There's no doubt. And we saw it in the ninth grade. Kwon just plays the game with a certain intensity."

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  1. Scouts recruited him early.**
    By the end of his sophomore year, roughly 25 colleges had offered him scholarships.

4. He leads by example.
"He plays with a lot of energy on the field," Grass said. "He's not much of a vocal guy. The team just feeds off his play and energy. It's very infectious. He goes out of his way with the young guys and he doesn't want to be heard all the time. People respect that."

5. He's a former track star.
Alexander ran a 11.24-second 100-meter dash for Oxford in the 2011 AHSAA 6A Section 4 Championship, finishing 9th. His 22.99-second 200-meter time earned him 7th place.

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