IMMOKALEE, Fla. -- It was a big day for Mackensie Alexander Friday. The talented cornerback hailing from the tiny agricultural community of Immokalee in southwest Florida became the first from his school to receive a U.S. Army All-American Bowl invite.
Mackensie Alexander accepts his U.S. Army All-American jersey.
“That was one of my goals as a sophomore to be an all-American as one of my many goals and today I just accomplished that,” Alexander told a crowd of students, teachers and members of the community at his high school. “I just want to thank everybody out here.”
As the presentation in which Alexander donned his Army All-American jersey was wrapping up, he asked to step to the microphone for another impromptu thank you to those that helped him reach this goal of his.
“I couldn’t have done it alone,” Alexander said. “The teachers of Immokalee, great teachers that have helped a lot and I appreciate it a lot...I’m just fortunate for this. I know a lot of great players have come out of Immokalee and I’m the first to do it, so it’s a lot. It’s a great feeling.
“I’m just proud and I hope you guys are proud. It’s not about me today, it’s about the people here, the football team, this community, the people that are here in this community. Everybody cares, there is a lot of love in this place, so I just want to thank you all.”
Alexander was asked by a hoard of reporters about stepping to the podium to give one final thanks as his jersey presentation ended.
“It was very, very important. It was very important for this community because it’s a small town. They take it big and I’m really happy right now. It’s something for them to celebrate and have fun with my teammates and coaches, teachers, everyone. It’s real big for them right now.”
Over the years, Immokalee has turned out its fair share of talented football players. Alexander considers it a blessing to be the first to play in such a distinguished game as the Army All-American Bowl.
“I’m the first guy in history to do and we’ve had great players like Edgerrin James, Javarris James, Aaron Henry, Brian Rolle, all those guys...I’m blessed I’m the first one.”
The first question about Alexander’s recruitment inevitably came for the four-star prospect. His disdain to talk specifics on the topic has certainly been noted the past several months. So is he any closer to making his college decision?
“That’s the hot topic, huh?” Alexander deadpanned before flashing a smile and giving a little laugh. “Not really. I’m a level headed guy so I’m all right.”
Eventually, the highly sought after cornerback gave a small glimpse into his recruitment as it stands currently.
“Right now I’m looking at a couple schools to visit like Nebraska, Notre Dame, Clemson, Ohio State, Alabama a couple schools like that. I haven’t named them all, but it’s pretty good.”
Alexander would only name one school he is certain will get a visit from in the future.
“I’m going to visit Clemson for a fact. I’m just debating on who I see them play against.”
He already saw Clemson once this season during his only trip of the fall to date - an unofficial visit to Florida State.
“It was a great game. I came to really watch both defenses, how they do things, how they adjust. It’s a real great opportunity. I just seen how they played and what position they were in so I was just watching having fun.”
247Sports currently ranks Alexander as the nation’s No. 27 prospect overall and the No. 4 cornerback.
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