Tulsa Booker T. Washington athlete Dominique Alexander says he’s wanted to go to Arkansas since he was in the ninth grade, and he’ll get his wish next year.
Dominique Alexander has played all over the field for Tulsa Booker T. Washington.
Alexander committed to the Razorbacks on Tuesday shortly before noon, becoming the Hogs’ ninth commitment for 2013. Arkansas offered Alexander seven days ago, and he said at the time that he wanted to take a week to pray about it and talk to his parents.
But it wasn’t a difficult decision at all.
“Everybody that knows me knows that’s always where I’ve wanted to be since my freshman year,” said Alexander, who projects to safety or linebacker on the next level. “So that’s always where I wanted to go. Once they offered me, really I just had to talk to my parents. My dad, he came home from a business trip yesterday, so we sat down and talked about it. And he was on board with it. So once he was on board, then it was time to go ahead and end it because that’s where I want to go.”
Alexander (6-1, 185 pounds) also has scholarship offers from Arkansas State, Houston, Indiana, Louisiana-Monroe, Texas Tech and Utah State. Houston offered over the weekend, and he said Kansas State, Missouri and TCU increased their recruiting attention significantly after the Hogs offered.
He said he thinks Kansas State will offer him by the end of the week, but he’s “not going anywhere.”
“I’m solid. I’m solid. I’m definitely solid to the Hogs,” Alexander said.
The Razorbacks offered Alexander after he attended one day of their three-day camp last week.
Arkansas, like many other schools recruiting Alexander, wanted to see him in person because there’s little film of him playing safety. Last season as a junior, he spent time at quarterback, running back, wide receiver, safety and outside linebacker. He’s expected to play wide receiver and a hybrid defensive end/linebacker next fall.
Alexander is the fourth player from Booker T. Washington to choose the Hogs since 2010. He said Arkansas junior starting safety Eric Bennett, who played at Booker T. Washington, is like his “big brother,” and Alexander was teammates with 2012 cornerback signee Jared Collins.
“Booker T., we always put out some of the best players in the state. It seems like we’re going to the right school,” Alexander said. “It seems like Arkansas is putting the best players on the field. I like that Eric Bennett is on the field. We’ll see what Jared does. When Felix (Jones) went there, he played.
"So they’re playing the best players. It seems like they treat Oklahoma pretty well. It’s great to keep the tradition going. The best players from Booker T. are going to the top -notch college, an SEC school. It’s just a great feeling. It’s great to keep the tradition going.”
Alexander first gave his commitment to his lead recruiter, Arkansas receivers coach Kris Cinkovich, then called head coach John L. Smith with the news.
“They were both like fired up about it, and they were just like, I’m going to be a great player and it’s great news. They’re like welcome to the Razorback family and everything,” Alexander said. “It’s just real exciting.”