Georgia’s No. 1 OL prospect, Vadal Alexander, lists leaders: Alabama, LSU and Auburn

Buford OL Vadal Alexander has Alabama, LSU and Auburn as his leaders and said he has been invited to visit UGA this summer (AJC photo by Michael Carvell)

Buford OL Vadal Alexander has Alabama, LSU and Auburn as his leaders and said he has been invited to visit UGA this summer (AJC photo by Michael Carvell)

Vadal Alexander, who is a candidate to be Georgia’s No. 1 college football prospect on the offensive line, is favoring three SEC West schools as his leaders.

“It’s LSU, Alabama and Auburn that I like the most,” Alexander told the AJC. “I’m trying to get to know Miami and North Carolina better. But the top tier would be LSU, Alabama and Auburn because I know them better — they would be my leaders.”

The 6-foot-6, 300-pounder from Buford High School had around 25 early scholarship offers, including both Georgia Tech and UGA. Alexander hasn’t had contact with Georgia Tech in a couple of months. He is considering an unofficial visit to UGA to meet with coach Mark Richt this summer but hasn’t set a date.

“I’ve been around Georgia since I was in the ninth grade because we’ve had some Buford offensive lineman go to Georgia,” Alexander said. “I know the offensive line coach [Will Friend] well. I think Coach Richt is a great man. I always keep in communication with Georgia.

“Coach Richt wants me to come up there with my parents. I’ve been up there many times with my coaches and friends. My parents want to come up there, meet everybody and see the facility. I don’t know when, but hopefully this summer.”

Does UGA have a chance of cracking Alexander’s leaders? “I need to wait until I visit. I’m not sure yet. I’m still feeling things out. I still really like Georgia; it’s just that I love those other three schools right now.” Note: Alexander is aware of Georgia’s thinning depth on the offensive line but said it would not factor into his decision.

Vadal on his three leaders:

  • Alabama: “It’s great coaches, great structure and they win all the time. They have a great tradition. There are really no cons to Alabama. They’ve got a bunch of great players. I spent time with them, and the guys seem like good people.”
  • On Auburn: “It’s a great family atmosphere. [Offensive line coach Jeff Grimes] is a great man, a church man, a Godly man — I love that about him. And you know Auburn is going to win.”
  • On LSU: “I was born in Louisiana. I’ve been in Georgia since I was three, but Louisiana is like a second home. Other than that, it’s pretty much the same as with the other schools. Coach [Les Miles] is crazy but I love him. I love the way he coaches and I love the way he motivates the team. The players seem to love him for his crazy coaching. They play for him, and LSU gets players in the league.”

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Alexander and Lithonia OL Joe Harris (click here) are considered among the state’s top offensive line prospects. Alexander has been on Buford’s varsity since the ninth grade, playing for three straight state championship teams (Buford has a current streak of four). Alexander said he has a 3.5 GPA and plans to major in Business.

Alexander plans to commit “sometime in the fall.”

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lilburndawg

June 29th, 2011
5:34 am

Sandman053

June 29th, 2011
5:57 am

Not so sure bout the Barn winning a lot after freeing up their salary cap

Brown Dog

June 29th, 2011
6:11 am

Georgia desperately needs offensive lineman and Anderson “is considering” a visit to Athens. Dawg fans, we have a problem.

Brown Dog

June 29th, 2011
6:13 am

Alexander (too early to be literate)

Destin Dawg

June 29th, 2011
6:14 am

Parade magazine says ” UGA #2 large State University education, plus big time sports ” in beautiful college town .. Athens, Ga… stay in State… close to support groups… friends & family.. Go Dawgs !!

Palm City Dawg

June 29th, 2011
6:22 am

Dogs field a winning east team this year and he signs with UGA.

DustDAWG

June 29th, 2011
6:27 am

he has the best chance 2 start right away if he comes 2 UGA

dawgydawg47

June 29th, 2011
6:27 am

And you know Auburn is going to win.”
Are you serious? They had one good year!!! The entire team is gone. WOW!!!

Douglas

June 29th, 2011
6:30 am

As long as UGA does not contend for the BCS championship game, we will no longer get the top recruits in the state of Georgia. I was born in Athens, graduated from UGA, and I like Mark Richt as a person. But if he doesn’t start winning, he needs to be fired. I live in South Carolina now, and Clemson and USC are starting to win battles in recruiting over us — that is not good. Clemson has a much better recruiter than Rodney Garner.

Sandman053

June 29th, 2011
6:32 am

Where we stand with Harris? We win games against the teams we should beat and I think the kids will want to come to UGA

Sandman053

June 29th, 2011
6:35 am

Should be where do we stand. Sorry, it’s early.

Destin Dawg

June 29th, 2011
6:37 am

I learned early in business… go where the need is great.. then work hard… UGA needs OL !!

Destin Dawg

June 29th, 2011
6:42 am

Douglas… look at the class we just recruited… WIN this year and we”ll get the ones we want.. not to many scholarships next year anyway..

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June 29th, 2011
6:42 am

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GAMECOCKS BASEBALL CHAMPS 10,11

June 29th, 2011
6:50 am

We are the champion

We are the champion AGAIN.

HAHAHAHA

VA DAWG

June 29th, 2011
6:56 am

There is nothing more that I would like to see other than Theus, Young and Alexander starting on our O-line from 2013-2015. Paired with Debell and Burnette, they would make great starting lineup. Either way, good luck to the young man (whom I believe is leaning to LSU). Hope he ends up in Red & Black. GO DAWGS!

Bitter "ROUGE BOOSTER"

June 29th, 2011
7:00 am

cickens win again ———– unreal——–congrats–cock-a-doddle-doo’s

Sandy Springs Dawg

June 29th, 2011
7:01 am

Have you seen Auburn’s last two classes and current recruiting class? Sure they are going to take a step back, but beginning in 2012 (when Alexander gets on a campus) Auburn will be battling with Bama, LSU, Florida, and USC for tue SEC, year in and year out.

Richt has had great classes before but no BCS Title (Bama, Auburn, LSU all do). That will continue to hurt us on the recruiting trail.

dawgerbrown

June 29th, 2011
7:08 am

It’s easy to feel discouraged when you keep seeing these top players from Georgia liking other schools before UGA. But, it is so early, wait until the season is over. If UGA can win the first two games, and have a great season, many of these kids will reconsider. It’s all about winning.

GAMECOCKS BASEBALL CHAMPS 10,11

June 29th, 2011
7:34 am

THAT NAME FITS YOU BITTER

murray county mystic

June 29th, 2011
7:39 am

he’s Baton Rouge bound….wants to play for championships like he has in high school…wants no part of bowl games in Shreveport or Nashville, you know, the usual dawg destinations…

Bondsman

June 29th, 2011
7:44 am

@Sandman Maybe UGA could afford more players if they didn’t spend all their money on Bail.

Old Flatulent Dawg

June 29th, 2011
7:47 am

As usual Richt is off offering salvation to 3rd worldies, while football recruits decide to go elsewhere. Somebody explain to our illustrious football coach that you need to recruit super hard every year, not just every once in a while. And please, ask him, why in the world does he recruit out of state recruits harder than he does kids from Georgia.

Whos really the joke

June 29th, 2011
7:57 am

All you UGA people laugh when anyone mentions Auburn beating you, but if you go back in time, Auburn has edged Georgia. Even if you go back as many as 60 years, the score is Auburn 33 to UGA 25 with 2 ties. The last 25 years? Auburn 13, UGA 11, 1 Tie. Total: Auburn 54, UGA 52, 8 ties. So…. it’s obvious, even with UGA’s elementary math courses, you fail to add up the truth and continue see the game through rose colored lenses.

JAWJeRDAWG

June 29th, 2011
7:58 am

Not until we have a winning season this year, become relevent once again in the conference, and extend our coachs long-term contracts, recruits are going to shy their commitment away from UGA.

Unless they grew up die-hard Dawg fans, players are now looking at other schools because of our loosing record these past three years, and the uncertainty of retaining Coach Richt and their position coach.

These recruits now want to play for a team with a winning tradition and under coaches who will be with them for the term of their commitment. UGA just doesn’t and can’t offer them that right now.

Until UGA can, I feel players will focus on other schools. Win, and I think the recruits will come. Hopefully that will be the outcome. .. Go Dawgs!

We (UF) own UGA

June 29th, 2011
8:10 am

Gee another top flight recruit looking at schools other than UGA with a UGA offer….What a shocker! Oh but I know UGA fans “The Gimmick Team II” will still be the greatest hyped up recruiting class of Saint Richt’s tenure.

Keep up the faith Dawg fans maybe just maybe you’ll win 7 games this year….hahahaha

It Ain't Rocket Science

June 29th, 2011
8:23 am

Sounds like the kid said it all as far as he is concerned. He wants to go to a winning school. I hope the DAWGS do good this year, becaaue he would sure be an addition to the team. I hope he also considers as well, where he will fit best to reach his educational goals. Good luck young man, but give UGA a chance if they do well this year.

It Ain't Rocket Science

June 29th, 2011
8:25 am

We (UF) own UGA,

Is he considering your school in his top three yet? You need to get to your lawn mowing job now and leave the sports talk to intelligent people. Don’t let your coco puffs get soggy in your milk.

Tide Roll

June 29th, 2011
8:27 am

Man you lose this kid AND Cedar Grove’s 6′6″‘300lb. Under Armour All-American Brandon Greene to Bama, and you’re asking for it. Kids see Dabell and Dantzler sitting there and, knowing how Uga operates, want no part of it. They know they won’t get a fair shake. Richt makes it so easy for us. Dabell and Dantzler aren’t the athletes that Greene and Alexander are.
You’re also beginning to see the influence of this guy McGarity, unfortunately yet another Georgia man from the 1970(s). What a joke of a program.

poopdawg

June 29th, 2011
8:27 am

Good luck Vadal. Don’t worry Dawg fans , UGA will find good players who WANT TO BE DAWGSS!

poopdawg

June 29th, 2011
8:30 am

Tide roll your a RACIST PIG. Debell is going to kick some ass just wait and see .

We (UF) own UGA

June 29th, 2011
8:32 am

Hey, I’m actually a GT fan, so you better show respect for me.

Geez

June 29th, 2011
8:33 am

There will be around 200 players in Ga who sign scholarships and UGA can only get about twenty. Get over it people. The sky is not falling when it comes to recruiting. We are in great shape with many of the top prospects. We’ll get another top 10 class so settle down

gt4ever

June 29th, 2011
8:34 am

GT coaches have been out of touch for HOW long? Pathetic, really pathetic. It’s no wonder why we SUCK!

1eyedJack

June 29th, 2011
8:34 am

Losing this one would sting a little, but UGA just needs to find a couple of potential starters in this class (I think they will) and a couple for depth.

rhall55

June 29th, 2011
8:35 am

When the #1 RB, #1 WR, #1 TE, #1 OLB, #1 ILB, #1 APB in the state have committed to other schools and possibly the #1 DE, #1 ATH, #1 CB and #1 OT are seriosly considering other schools (UGA may not be in their top 3 or 5), there is a serious problem; you may say, well UGA had a great recruiting year last year, so did AU, AL, LSU and FSU and this where a lot of these kids are going!!! “Win Baby Win”; “You Snooze, You Lose”!!!

WDE

June 29th, 2011
8:40 am

@We (UF) own UGA you know its hard to think a fan of a team with a HC that has yet to play a game in the SEC can really run that mouth like you do…….you lost 5 last year with CUM see ya in Jax.Oh and Congrats to the Game Cocks..anyone kicking Gators in anything is doing the world a service. Congrats back to back Champs !

Chi Town

June 29th, 2011
8:48 am

Yaaaaawwwn………another day, another GA prospect wants nothing to do with the mutts over in Winder.

But wait, isnt Athens the coolest town in America? Just ask any neck Mutt fan and they will be more than happy to tell you about it.

Owned

June 29th, 2011
8:49 am

What the heck is wrong with these clowns in Athens? Richt needs to be on a mission in Georgia to keep our top instate recruits at home. Its time for this clown to move on and hire a coach who can get it done. All these kool aid drinkers think Richt is going to turn it around this year because of this stupid “Dream Team ” mantra are delusional.

frannie mae

June 29th, 2011
8:52 am

UGA has got BIG BIG problems……

Chi Town

June 29th, 2011
8:55 am

Georgia football is a joke. So are all the neck Wal Mart fans.

Can’t wait for the mutts to make the trip over to Tuscaloosa in 2012.

Gonna get ugly.

It Ain't Rocket Science

June 29th, 2011
8:57 am

You knew it wouldn’t be long before a S.C. baseball fan would be on a blog concerning football to brag about beating UF. 49% of the players on that team are out of state, on the spring roster for this year, and yet they consider it a win for S.C. Ok, I guess the 51% from S. C. carried it all, LOL.
Somebody commented on the fact that CMR spends too much time out of state recruiting. Are we so jaded that we think the only place that has football talent is in the south? You need to take a look at the rosters of the other teams in the SEC and yo will find that they also have a lot of players from other states as well. UGA’s spring roster of scholarships player from Georgia was a total of 53 of the 85 players. Look up the other SEC schools and you will see a small percentage of Georgia players on their rosters. Georgia and Florida have an abundance of good players and all of the other SEC schools get their fair share of them. If UGA can get some out of state players that can contribute, I say go for it. One of our better WR’s and RB’s were not from this state. The South is not the exclusive hotbed of college football, although we do produce a fair amount of talent. If you are talking some really good big men, look to some of those players in the mid west. The big ten seems to always produce three or four top rated linemen every year in the NFL.

UGA jealousy out in full force

June 29th, 2011
9:05 am

1. John Theus is better than any OL Bama will bring in this recruiting season.

2. Even including last year’s record, there are ZERO SEC teams with a winning record against Mark Richt outside of the Gators. (and before someone brings up UCF, those things happen, remember Louisana Monroe that took down the great Saban)

3. Athens is a “cool town” according to any objective observer

Worm

June 29th, 2011
9:06 am

Dawgs need to find a John Jenkins type OL from Junior college-maybe two.

AltamahaDawg

June 29th, 2011
9:10 am

Nobody loves the Internet tidbit any more than I do, but good lordy has it made everybody a bunch of instantaneous panic driven drama queens. Of cource Auburn is signing some good kids out of this state, they always have. They did when they were floundering, and obviously they will with a new shiny trophy. BUT its June. We will fill our limited class to the limit. SOME of the top state players are going to have to sign elsewhere. As far as percentage point ranking on who is the #1 this or that position, who cares? Auburn for all the hype is what? 13th now. As opposed to Georgia ranked at 16th, in some highly subjecting ESPN polls with disclaimers that its too early to even be ranking but we are anyway. They have signed 13 kids , so have we, they just happen to have one more 4 star vs a 3 star, which is the only reason the Natonal Champs have this way more awesome class than our 6-7 finish. Relax.

VININGS DAWG

June 29th, 2011
9:12 am

All of you acting like Auburn never wins better brush up on your football. If you think we (UGA) have some kind of lock on winning, look at our program now., We have along ways to go and if CMR does not get off his butt and starts to recruit we are in big trouble. Look at the National Champs of the SEC, Auburn, Bama, Florida, LSU, they are piling in recruits over the last few years, Our four stars turn out to be two stars. UGA should never be in a situatuion like this with a kid like Alexanader, The best of the best in the State should be UGA’s.

Really?

June 29th, 2011
9:15 am

Why is Richt pulling the qbs scholarship? Did he do the same thing with a kid from Columbus a year ago? Oh, that’s right they had the recruit and his family on campus to announce he was committing and then told him sorry no scholly for you!

AltamahaDawg

June 29th, 2011
9:16 am

Wow owned, you manage to use clown twice, get in the obligatory kool-aid, and still squeeze in a delusional, all in a single paragraph. And the bonus, stupid. Good job.

DC

June 29th, 2011
9:25 am

bahahahaha! War Eagle! UGA better start recruiting out of state…seems the state of Alabama has got GA on lock! The kid chooses either LSU or AU..

JB

June 29th, 2011
9:25 am

First , Congrats to South Carolina on the Baseball title. Second, I agree with an earlier blogger, we have the biggest need in the SEC for OL, and this young man does not have us on his list. Where is Coach Will Friend this summer, at the pool? We need beef. I say we look in Ohio and Michigan for some big guys. They produce a ton of great OL from that region. We need size and quality.