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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Blackoutanyone?

June 29th, 2011
5:15 pm

ckgator… for starters I’m not a UGA fan. I’m a fan of a program that has spanked your Gators the last two times and will again this year in Gainsville. That is a FACT.

My statement most have struck a nerve as you have attacked UGA and my personal knowlege of the game of football all in one response. So I’m guessing you were impressed with Weis at ND. What was his record there again. Not too many service academies on the UF schedule is there milk dud?

fpice

June 29th, 2011
5:31 pm

This recruit will never come to UGA because of the negatives about Mark Richt.

jeff w

June 29th, 2011
5:34 pm

Alexander said (about what is important to him): “It’s great coaches, great structure and they win all the time.”
Clearly, that rules out Georgia.

New York to Georgia

June 29th, 2011
5:37 pm

This kid seems smart…. If plans are to get that sheep skin, at least get a good education and play football in the state of Georgia! Tech and UGA offer so much more than just a football team!

NAGA

June 29th, 2011
5:41 pm

UGA clowns blasting Auburn for only having one good year???

How many good years have the Bull Puppies have had since Saint Richt has been at the helm? Nice loss to UCF!

NAGA

June 29th, 2011
5:43 pm

UGA fans, if the kid comes visit ya’ll, make sure it is not during a Saturday home game. He might be turned off by the 70 tons of trash you guys leave on your beloved campus.

au

June 29th, 2011
5:53 pm

um yea you might not know but auburn has had over 8 undefeated seasons and is known to bring linemen to the nfl and everyone says alabama is so much better than auburn yea look at the past who has won the most the last 10 years (auburn by a long shot) and georgia i cant even believe they are saying that auburn is not a winning team look in the stat books and you will see all there undefeated seasons and should have atleast 9 national championships to there name but they always get riped off georgia has had good players but has never been a champion team sorry

Poopdawg

June 29th, 2011
6:14 pm

Hero Worshipper

June 29th, 2011
6:56 pm

blah blah blah arguing over a high school lineman who probably won’t even live up to the hype.

1eyedJack

June 29th, 2011
6:57 pm

The arguement that the kid’s got family in Louisiana ain’t nothing you should hang your hat on. Ain’t he got some family here in Georgia too? Some family that would love to be able to at least attend his home games.

It Ain't Rocket Science

June 29th, 2011
7:20 pm

The kid will go to wherever he feels comfortable with and whom he thinks can win on the field. In other words, he ay not b e looking for much of a challenge, since he wants to go where they have been winning a lot, and doesn’t appear to want to help a team, unless tey are winning most of the time. Loyalty to one’s stateis greatly exagerated. It is loyalty to one’s self and how to get noticed by the NFL the most. I hope he gets an education as well, because in football, you are almost always one injury away from not being able to play. Good luck to him wherever he ends up.

Cobb County old timer

June 29th, 2011
7:21 pm

Eddie Printz’s dad is keeping it a secret only because Eddie Jr. doesn’t have that many offers

john w. holmes

June 29th, 2011
7:57 pm

Another top prospect lost by Richt. Doesn’t matter because he can’t develop talent. Maybe he can get some of the players from Georgia State to transfer. He’s a horrible coach and will lucky to win 6 games This year.

Dan Doherty

June 29th, 2011
8:30 pm

War Eagle Vadal

Since Vince

June 29th, 2011
9:16 pm

@ RRTDAWGS…. Whats really old is UGA’s last National Title and Run Lindsey Run. Now thats old. Of course losing to Florida year in and year out is getting old too.

Captain Allen Waters

June 29th, 2011
10:01 pm

UGA had a great recruiting class last year and I think will be much better focused. Less fuss than the previous off seasons. Remember UT, UF, AU and others have issues with young men that make ridiculous decisions in bar fights, drugs and robberies!
UGA fan in India.

Red Dog 77

June 29th, 2011
11:54 pm

Congratulations to South Carolina for beating fla…………..Anytime fla. goes down, I feels soooooo good………….From a DOG that bleeds RED and BLACK………………..RED

Crimson Crush

June 30th, 2011
2:48 am

Interesting reading . Amusing to read the AU crowd comments who think they will be in some sort of “hunt” “by 2012″ . By “2012″ AU will be bent over and getting a multi year donkey punching by the good ol N C Double A .

You just know as sorry as the frAUd fans are they will actually be rooting for the End of the World so they can pretend it ended with them still in some sort of “hunt” in West Georgia ;-)

[...] One of the nation’s top offensive linemen is from Atlanta and lists three SEC schools as his leaders (click on story link) [...]

Mr. SEC

June 30th, 2011
1:50 pm

What is this guy thinking? He has the ability and a legit opportunity to get a lot of playing time next year at UGA! It is simple, go to LSU and play on Burbon Street (as many players do there), or go to Auburn & Ala. and become number, OR GO TO UGA AND PLAY FOOTBALL NEXT YEAR!

It Ain't Rocket Science

June 30th, 2011
6:05 pm

Mr. SEC,

I am sure he is thinking that where ever he goes, he can beat out the man already in that position at the school he chooses. At his size and weight, I am pretty sure that has been the story at his high school, but I am not so sure his judgement is not being clouded because he has probably not had a lot to worry about in H.S. He doesn’t strike me, based on his comments that he wants to help out a team a whole lot, unless they have had a rash of success in the last few years. Buford has been highly successful while he has been there, so he is a little jaded probably. It could be NFL lights blinding his vision.

Knox Culpepper

June 30th, 2011
7:53 pm

Forgive me if someone else has brought this up but I’m not going to read all the entries in four pages of a blog, but, why is it that UGA is always late on offering guys scholarships. Then they always say, “I’ve always wanted to go to Georgia but I just didn’t hear from them.” I realize that some of these comments are from kids UGA doesn’t want but it seems like way too often the sad story is that Georgia dilly-dallied and the kid went elsewhere.

Brown Dog

June 30th, 2011
8:21 pm

Knox, there’s one group that says CMR has limited scholarships this year, knows exactly whom he wants and will get the vast majority of his top targets by February.

The other 94 percent of us think he’s been slow.

No such word as "alot"

June 30th, 2011
10:54 pm

No love coming from Tech? Is he slow and immobile?

The Genius will bring Tech and ATL a championship..

Crimson Crush

July 1st, 2011
5:39 am

Brown Dog

June 30th, 2011
8:21 pm

Knox, there’s one group that says CMR has limited scholarships this year, knows exactly whom he wants and will get the vast majority of his top targets by February.

The other 94 percent of us think he’s been slow.

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I am not really sure how people could still keep making that excuse when late offers ( or usually NO offers until it is wayyyy too late ) has been the modus operandi for the Georgia staff for years . Not this year … not the last couple of years … YEARS .

When I first saw it happening with Saban vs Richt I said … “well it is Saban … he just knows better than Richt ” ( I am a Bama fan … biased ya know ;-) ) …

when it also happens that half the ratty ACC , West coast schools like Stanford , pretty much anyone , anywhere and everywhere under the sun are jumping in to offer (and sign) Georgia kids year after year before Georgia does … you have to start saying it is Richt …

It Ain't Rocket Science

July 1st, 2011
6:39 am

Crimson Crush,

They offered this kid plenty early. The fact is he doesn’t want to go to a school, where right now, the coaching siutation is unsettled as he has always had an advantage of beng in a winning school, and due to his size, always had the advantage of getting pretty much what he wants o the football field. If UGA were to go with 9 or 10 wins this year and he was with the 2013 class, he would most likely sign wih UGA. Schools recruiting against UGA this year are using the unsettled coaching future as a selling point, to sign with them. If UGA were always so late, they would consistently finish in the top 15 in the nation when it cames to recruiting.

TouchDown Charlie

July 1st, 2011
9:27 am

Another #1 prospect from the state of GA that will go out of state.

nobody

July 1st, 2011
10:36 am

all your friends and family are very close bye…wouldn’t it be great to be able to tell them…“I’m going to Georgia. I want to represent my home state.”

LSU Tiger in ATL

July 1st, 2011
12:46 pm

Reading this kids summary of the three schools, it sounds like LSU is in 1st place! Come on to Baton Rouge Vadal…..be part of a winning team. (sorry UGA fans)

LSU Tiger in ATL

July 1st, 2011
12:48 pm

Mark Richt is holding UGA back…..you guys need another coach or you’ll stay at the bottom of the SEC.

It Ain't Rocket Science

July 1st, 2011
1:19 pm

It seems everybody last year was saying how CMR was holding UGA back and was recruting players too late. Just how did the class of 2011, rate after signing day? Seems like it was nbr 5 or 6 in the country if memory serves me right. UGA has gotten and will continue to get whom they need to make UGA good again. It is unrealistic to expect UGA or any team to be nbr 1 every year. Remember, a lot of these kids are star struck and believe they are all american in the future. They think by going to schools that have had a few up years, at they will be the next great thing. It rally has nothing to do with state loyalty. There are just too many factors to figure in with a kids decision.

gcs

July 1st, 2011
4:45 pm

Can you blame this guy for not wanting to go to UGA with all their O-Lineman going down with career ending injuries?

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It Ain't Rocket Science

July 1st, 2011
5:54 pm

GCS,

I would think that would present a golden opportunity for a freshman then. If I were thinking about what school to choose, I would not mind going to a school where I might get a lot earlier chance to play over another school, where I might ride the pine.

Paddy

July 2nd, 2011
6:55 am

dawgydawg74………yes Auburn always wins. Go back and check the stats. I don’t like it, but it is true. Sorry Pal.

Sergeant Joe Friday, LAPD

July 2nd, 2011
8:09 am

He probably wants to play for a college team and not a penal institution (UGA).

It Ain't Rocket Science

July 2nd, 2011
8:20 am

Paddy,

Check out this official Auburn website and you might want to rethink your 6:55AM statement.

http://tigerpath.tripod.com/index-42.html

It Ain't Rocket Science

July 2nd, 2011
8:55 am

SEC teams alltime records

Years Wins Losses Ties Win %
Alabama 112 787 314 43 .707
Tennessee 110 771 320 53 .697
Georgia 113 713 381 54 .645
LSU 113 692 378 47 .641
Auburn 114 676 388 47 .630
Arkansas 113 646 435 40 .594
Florida 100 628 372 40 .623
Mississippi 112 597 460 35 .563
Kentucky 116 553 546 44 .503
Vanderbilt 117 547 541 50 .503
South Carolina 113 521 523 44 .499
Mississippi State 107 481 519 39 .482

College football is cyclical

bamaguy

July 2nd, 2011
6:16 pm

Looks like he narrowed his list to three recent National Champions with high potential for another. Smart kid.

Inconvenient Truths

July 3rd, 2011
8:28 am

A few facts about your beloved UGA that you might consider:

1. UGA is the nation’s #1 party school. That means that UGA has the highest number of drunks on campus of all the colleges and universities in the U.S. These drunks keep the Athens-Clarke County jail full, and provide full employment to law enforcement personnel, bail bondsmen, and attorneys. Really something to be proud of, isn’t it.

2. UGA athletes are some of the most illiterate morons in the country. Most of them take remedial studies, which is the stuff that most kids learn by the seventh grade. But not your dummies, who you laughingly call student athletes. The very few who actually graduate have worthless diplomas in worthless studies that no employer is looking for.

3. Even your fans are trashy, stupid drunks. Take a look at what your campus looks like after a home game, and check the number of DUIs the police issue between Athens and Atlanta after a game.

4. Your athletes must think that ankle monitoring bracelets are bling, they see so many of them in the locker room.

A really miserable, sorry place, and a huge embarrassment to all Georgians.

Soulja Boy

July 3rd, 2011
11:19 am

This kid is too clean cut for Richt’s gangsta dogs.

Smart kid

July 3rd, 2011
4:39 pm

Thank goodness this young man isn’t going to waste his mind at UGA.

Such a tragedy for the ones who do. I hope there are enough shopping carts for all of them after Mark Richt dumps them.

It Ain't Rocket Science

July 3rd, 2011
7:45 pm

See you later folks. I have found a place that actually speaks and discusses footall and sticks to the subject at hand. Have fun with the AJC blogs and enjoy insulting anybody who doesn’t agree with you. And Soulja Boy, you are an idiot. The kind of person, you read one thing from and realize is either a dumb kid or as uneducated as the lunch box you took to grammar school.

[...] Georgia’s top two offensive lineman appear headed out of state: Lithonia High School’s Joe Harris will make his college decision between South Carolina, Clemson, Mississippi State and and Alabama on July 27. Buford High School’s Vadal Alexander is favoring LSU, Alabama and Auburn. [...]

[...] OT Vadal Alexander (LSU, Alabama, and Auburn are leaders) [...]

RabidDawgFan

July 31st, 2011
9:25 am

Next season our starting line will probably look like this:

LT: Zach DeBell
LG: Chester Brown
C: David Andrews
RG: Chris Burnette
RT: Wattz Dantzler

Flo-Ri-Duh

August 3rd, 2011
6:35 am

This will be Richt’s worst recruiting in the state of Georgia since he has been in Athens. From the top 15 in the state 10 have already committed to out of state schools and two more don’t list Georgia in their top 5. Of course these recruits don’t sign until feb 2012. There still is hope that UGA will win the SEC east and by some miracle win the SEC title. Richt is under fire and recruits want to go to a stable program. IF Richt wins at least 10 games this year some of these commits will reconsider and choose Georgia.

Flo-Ri-Duh

August 3rd, 2011
6:40 am

RabidDawgFan – Georgia has 3 seniors the 0-line. So. I doubt that your starting line for 2012 is correct.