On Monday, Fort Worth Brewer defensive tackle Bear Alexander made a decision that sent shockwaves across the college football recruiting world by announcing his decommitment from the Georgia Bulldogs a little more than four months after making his pledge on National Signing Day.
So it was no surprise that the Texas Longhorns quickly made a move to get the 6’3, 325-pounder on campus, efforts that paid off on Wednesday when Alexander made his way to the Forty Acres to meet new head coach Steve Sarkisian and defensive line coach Bo Davis for the first time since they arrived in Austin.
The visit marked significant news for the Texas coaching staff as Sarkisian and his assistants chase a top-five recruiting class and the type of impact players who will help the Longhorns secure the Big 12 title that has eluded the program since 2009, as well as the program’s first College Football Playoff appearance.
More importantly, Sarkisian and Davis were able to sell their vision to Alexander in addition to showcasing the renovated football facilities that are nearing completion — the south end zone project at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium and the Moncrief Neuhaus Athletic Center.
As Texas A&M picked up three 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions for Alexander after hosting the nation’s No. 7 defensive lineman last week prior to his decommitment, Texas also had a chance to arrest some of the momentum gained by the Aggies in recent days.
Since Alexander, like every other prospect across the country, hasn’t been able to take any official or unofficial visits since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, those predictions for A&M seem a bit premature — Alexander is still in the early days of his recruitment’s second stage.
And while that means that programs like Miami and USC will have their own chances in the coming days to make impressions on Alexander as he takes official visits to Coral Gables and Los Angeles, getting Alexander on campus so quickly after his decommitment is unquestionably a positive sign for the Texas coaching staff and an indication of Alexander’s interest in the Longhorns.
A consensus five-star prospect, Alexander is ranked as the No. 26 player nationally, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.