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October 16, 2012
OU Offer Leaves Alexander Unsure Where He Stands
The big news of Tuesday was Oklahoma's offer to in-state three-star athlete Dominique Alexander. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound prospect found out the news from both his father as well as his head coach, Marvin Dantzler. When both got in touch with the Sooner coaching staff Oklahoma made it clear that the state's current No. 4 prospect could be a fit for the Sooners.
Not surprisingly with such news he has already heard from many people around him on just what he needs to do with his choice after the Sooners offer and spending nearly four months as an Arkansas commitment.
"Oh yeah, lots of people at school follow me on Twitter so they all knew about (the offer) pretty quickly," Alexander said. "Most were telling me I should do this or that. Even my assistant principal, who was around Oklahoma back when (former Booker T. Basketball star) Waymon Tisdale was there, and he was telling me that's where I have to go! Really most are telling me that is where I need to go but that I should just keep praying about."
The No. 33 athlete in the country put on a strong performance at Oklahoma's summer camp as well as when the SoonerScoop.com staff got a chance to see him at a Jenks team camp in early June. He has followed that up with a senior year that has placed a lot of people on notice, and that work has not missed the Sooner coaching staff.
"My dad and coach told me that when they were on the phone with Oklahoma that they were saying they loved the way I'm playing and my tape," Alexander said.
"When people notice your hard work it lets you know you're doing something right. When you work so hard and nothing comes out of it that's hard but when you get rewarded you get blessings upon blessings. When people are coming to you, Oregon State, Oklahoma, Kansas State, it lets you know that you are doing something right."
Of course all this attention comes behind a Arkansas offer that happened after he put on a similarly impressive show at the Razorbacks camp. So now that his offer list has changed, where does his commitment stand?
"Well, I'm still committed to Arkansas for sure but you know, Oklahoma, growing up in Oklahoma every kid wants to play for OU," he said. "There are a lot of things I've got to weigh out and I've got to figure out who Arkansas' head coach is going to be.
"But as of now I'm still committed to Arkansas."
Alexander, who made trips to Norman for both the summer camp as well as Oklahoma's February junior day says that the Sooners have some ground to make up after leaving him a bit unsure of where he stood with both events.
"When I took the unofficial for the Jr. day it was different, the only offer I had was Texas Tech and I was down there with guys who had offers from Alabama and LSU. I wasn't getting a lot of attention, I was kind of the 'Average Joe', I was down there, but I was average joe compared to those other dudes," he explained.
"I want to get back down to a game, and see now that they actually do want me. When I was at the camp I was getting a lot of attention from coach (Jackie) Shipp and coach (Mike) Stoops. They noticed me and now that they've offered me I want to see what the conversation is like."
One coach that Alexander hasn't spent any real time around, nor talking to, is first-year Sooner assistant Tim Kish. In fact it's pretty clear that there is a bit of making up to do for the Sooner assistant.
"Yeah, I've got to check out what I think of him, when I went for the unofficial visit, he was talking to some guy, I think he was talking to a guy named Maurice Smith, he was spending a lot of time with him and Justin Manning. Also when I went there for the camp, they were looking at some other dudes.
"I understand though because you also have to take into consideration my highlight film from my junior year, I played all over the place and going into the camp I can understand they didn't know where they wanted to put me and I understand now."
Alexander is good friends with current Tulsa area Sooner commitments Jordan Smallwood of Jenks and Tulsa East Central's Stanvon Taylor and those friendships along with several other current Sooner standouts from the Tulsa area could help Oklahoma's chances.
"Oh yeah, that's always good, it's always good to know different people that have been there, you can learn from their mistakes, they can tell you what it's like and they won't lie to you," he said. "If I can see what it's like, and talk to them about why they loved it, then you know, that's great."