Although LSU fans are grumpy about their No. 1-ranked team having to play so many day games in Tiger Stadium this season, apparently the vibe of Saturday’s game was plenty good enough to make a huge impression on the Tigers’ latest commitment.
Before he came last weekend for his official visit during the Florida game, Auburn was leading LSU and Alabama in the race for Vadal Alexander’s pledge.
But by the time he returned home to Buford, Ga., the 6-foot-5, 320-pound offensive lineman had made up his mind to choose LSU, becoming the Tigers’ 20th commitment for 2012.
“I guess the number one thing was bonding with the committed players from my class and the current LSU players,” Alexander said Monday. “My host was (left tackle) Chris Faulk. We talked a lot on Saturday, and I had a good relationship with him. I met him over the summer.
“After that, I couldn’t see myself at Auburn or Alabama.”
Alexander said the atmosphere in Tiger Stadium was “really good” despite LSU’s runaway win and the fact it was a day game.
“It was still a hyped atmosphere,” Alexander said. “The fans are great.”
A four-star prospect across the board, Alexander is rated the No. 73 player on the ESPNU 150 and No. 159 on The Scout.com 300.
Rivals.com does not rate Alexander on its Rivals 250 but does list him as the nation’s 10th-best offensive guard prospect and the No. 17 prospect in Georgia this year.
ESPNU says Alexander is the nation’s third-best guard and eighth-best prospect in Georgia. Scout.com rates him as the nation’s No. 8 offensive guard prospect.
Those ratings aside, Alexander said LSU offensive coordinator/line coach Greg Studrawa said he sees him as a tackle.
“I’ll play anything to help the team,” he said.
Born in New Orleans, Alexander moved to Buford - a northeastern suburb of Atlanta - when he was 3. He said he still has grandparents and numerous cousins in south Louisiana.
Alexander is on pace to be a midterm graduate who will enroll at LSU in January. He has also been invited to participate in the Under Armour All-America Game, Jan. 5 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Alexander will be joining current and future teammate Reid Ferguson (6-2, 235), a long snapper who committed to LSU earlier this year. Ferguson also took his official visit last weekend.
Despite the fact he recently favored Auburn and will likely continue to be pursued by other schools, Alexander said his commitment to LSU is “100 percent” solid.
“There’s no chance I’m leaving LSU,” he said. “It’s done. That’s the type of guy I am.”
Denton (Texas) Billy Ryan High defensive end Mario Edwards (6-4, 270), who is committed to Florida State, will visit LSU the weekend of the Oct. 22 Auburn game according to ESPN. Edwards is the No. 1 player on the ESPNU 150 and is also scheduled visit Oklahoma in November after going to Texas last weekend. ? Landon Collins of Dutchtown (6-0, 210), widely regarded as the state’s top prospect, was at the LSU-Florida game on an unofficial visit. LSU and Alabama continue to be listed as the top two schools for his signature. ? Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.) Dwyer offensive tackle Patrick Miller (6-7, 255), already committed to LSU, also made his official visit last weekend, as did fellow commitment Avery Johnson (6-1, 185). A receiver from Pompano Beach (Fla.) Ely, Johnson is the younger brother of former LSU All-American Patrick Peterson.