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May 29, 2012
Mackenro Alexander is learning the college football recruiting process can be a dirty one filled with false promises and ulterior motives.
Alexander is a 6-foot, 190-pound, three-star safety from Immokalee High School in Florida. His twin brother, Mackensie Alexander is a 5-foot-11, 175-pound, four-star cornerback. Mackensie Alexander is the nation's No. 5 cornerback prospect and No. 56 overall recruit.
"A lot of people are trying to go through me to get to my brother," Mackenro Alexander said.
"They think if they can get me, they can get him, too. They think I'm stupid, I guess. I'm not stupid. They need to recruit me for me, not my brother. I'm a great player. I'm just as good as he is, if not better."
Make no mistake, the brothers would like to play together in college. However, they are willing to go their own ways if necessary.
"We have a special bond on the field that nobody can break," Mackenro Alexander said. "If I don't make the tackle, he has my back. If he doesn't make the tackle, I have his back. He can give me a look, and I know what he is going to do and vice versa. We are a hell of a one-two punch."
Mackenro Alexander has scholarship offers from Florida State, Kentucky, Louisville, Marshall, Minnesota, Oklahoma, TCU, Tennessee, Texas A&M and West Virginia.
Mackensie Alexander has scholarship offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Central Florida, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisville, LSU, Miami, Michigan State, Mississippi, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Pittsburgh, Purdue, South Carolina, South Florida, Southern California, Tennessee, Texas A&M, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
Florida State, Kentucky, Louisville, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas A&M and West Virginia are the only schools to offer both brothers.
Marshall joined the recruiting competition for Mackenro Alexander two weeks ago.
"When I told my mom, she said that is the school from the movie," Alexander said of "We Are Marshall." "That kind of stuck with me." Mackenro Alexander runs the 40-yard dash in 4.4 seconds. He bench presses 310 pounds and squats 450 pounds. He is extremely confident in his abilities.
Asked to pinpoint his strengths, Alexander said: "I'm a ball magnet. I make things happen."
Asked to pinpoint his weaknesses, Alexander said: "I don't know my weaknesses. Kryptonite, maybe."
Alexander described himself as a vocal leader who tries to cheer up or hype up his teammates when necessary.
Mackenro Alexander does not have a favorite school or even a top five at the moment. He is nowhere near a decision.
"I have to wait until I find the right fit," he said. "I want a team that wants to win. I want to have a great bond with the players and coaches. I want a program that has a great graduation percentage."
Mackenro Alexander also is on his school's track and field team. He competes in the 100-meter dash, 400-meter relay and 1,600-meter relay.
His hobbies include hanging with his friends and going to the movies.
"Just the normal teenage life," he said.
Mackenro Alexander has a grade point average that meets NCAA standards for initial academic eligibility, but he still needs to raise his standardized test score to attain it. He wants to major in business in college.
Jacob Messer is the managing editor for HerdNation.com. He can be reached by e-mail at email@example.com. All comments and feedback are welcome.