North Carolina Safety Adonis Alexander Set to Decide

Independence High School safety standout Adonis Alexander is primed to make his verbal commitment this Saturday.

March 24, 2013: Adonis Alexander at the Nike Football Combine in Charlotte, North Carolina. [Tom Hauck]

Kam Chancellor might be four years removed from his career at Virginia Tech, but he's still having an impact on the Hokies.

The star safety shined in his Super Bowl win with the Seattle Seahawks, and high school players have taken notice.

In fact, safety Adonis Alexander of Charlotte, N.C.'s Independence High School already sees himself following in Chancellor's footsteps.

"We're both around the same size, 6-2" or 6-3," Alexander said. "We have the same body for safety."

The comparison is an apt one — Alexander stands at 6'3" and 205 pounds, while Chancellor is the same height and about 20 pounds heavier.

Alexander also believes they have a similar skill set.

"I think my ability to move and cover the whole field is really valuable," he said.

Alexander, rated a 3-star prospect by the 247Sports, plans to announce where he'll be committing Saturday on Twitter, and Tech's prospects look favorable.

"I'm really looking for somewhere that will allow me to play safety at my size, and I think VT is the best fit for that," Alexander said.

Assistant head coach Shane Beamer and defensive backs coach Torrian Gray were Alexander's recruiters from Tech, and he says they kept in constant contact with him throughout the process.

"We talked almost every day," he said. "Overall, we probably talked the most of anyone else involved."

Alexander does have other suitors — Appalachian State and Wake Forest have both offered and he took an unofficial visit to Clemson — but a visit to Blacksburg for Tech's spring game in April seems to have impressed him.

"Lots of things stood out when I went up there," Alexander said. "The team really acted like brothers, everyone was smiling. There was a good vibe and the campus looks great."

The staff seems to think he could stick at safety, even projecting him to follow in the path of another Tech standout — Kyshoen Jarrett.

"We've mostly talked about staying at safety, particularly playing rover," he said.

When he does make it to the next level, wherever that may be, Alexander says he's looking to improve his hip movement.

"I had a hip injury in ninth grade that really messed me up," he said. "Ever since then I've been a little tight. I've been working on it for the last three years, and it's getting better."

If it does continue to heal, maybe then he can continue to emulate Chancellor by coming to Blacksburg.

"I just didn't dislike anything about Tech," Alexander said.


247 Crystal ball has him 100% for the Hokies, with JC Shurburtt making his prediction yesterday.

Sounds like this could be another diamond in the rough for the good guys.

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A future little kam? Ahhhhhh I just got all giddy inside

Taylor, looking desperately throws it deep..HAS A MAN OPEN DANNY COALE WITH A CATCH ALL THE WAY DOWN TO THE FIVE!!!!....hes still open

Adonis Alexander is such a great football name

Sounds like a great potential safety, or if he puts on some pounds a possibility at LB?

if hes good at safety leave him there is my opinion. let the players flourish in a position they're already good at, hopefully we can land a few LB prospects and then that wont even be an issue

Taylor, looking desperately throws it deep..HAS A MAN OPEN DANNY COALE WITH A CATCH ALL THE WAY DOWN TO THE FIVE!!!!....hes still open


i agree so hard on keeping them there. i don't post much, but when i do, it's about keeping players at their GD position they grew up playing.

i suppose the coaches know more than i do.

i suppose the coaches know more than i do.

Well, that may not always be case. What they do know is what they tell a guy when recruiting him.

I could care less about the position they grew up playing, as I'm sure Torrian and Bud do as well. If a kid's got a chance to be great and get drafted at a different position, you better believe the coaches won't think twice about moving him. That said, I'm sure they don't do that just out of the blue. As far as I've heard, the coaching staff has generally been pretty open with the kids about position switches and the like.

Here's the funny thing that about everyone complaining when we switch people's positions. Is anyone actually naive enough to believe that it hurts someone's draft stock or even sway anyone from coming to VT? Let's be honest if you get switched to defensive tackle because you weren't going to be able to compete at defensive end in's not hurting your draft chances, because you weren't going to get drafted.

“These people are losing their minds. This is beautiful.”

Yes people believe it. How about all the recruits that chose to attend a different school over us?

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I'd say a position switch is probably pretty low on the list of concerns for most of those cases. Off the top of my head, I can't remember a single prospect who said, "I was gonna go to VT, but they wouldn't let me play ___"

No but that's what opposing recruiters and coaches use against us. I agree that it shouldn't (and in some cases doesn't) matter.

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That's exactly my point, quite a few people on here mention that as a reason that some recruits don't go to Virginia Tech...but I've never actually heard any recruits ever say that.

“These people are losing their minds. This is beautiful.”

What people, including myself, have said is about recruits choosing VT not about draft status.

When I was at VT, 95 - 99, there was talk then about the coaching staff switching kids once they got on campus and that it affected a recruits decision to choose to play at VT. During those years I hung out with some football players, including Druck, and they would say off-handed comments about a new recruit wanting to come but worrying about being "switched up."

I've seen a few others with similar stories on TKP, one person (I don't remember their username) who mentioned his cousin was a D1 recruit and when he asked if he was interested in VT his cousin said "No" specifically because VT had a reputation of moving kids around.

So the assertion is that it increases the difficulty of landing blue chip players with their mind on the NFL. Because they have been playing one position for years and years and training to be the best at that specific position. They want to go to a school where they will get played at the position they have been training for, or at the very least be given the opportunity to succeed there before being "asked" to change. If someone like Clowney or any top rated blue chip recruit wants to come in to a program and only play DE, or whatever, and a particular school, rightly or wrongly, has the reputation of moving kids around then the assumption is that that school would be cut out of the running.

I loved Mark's article on Teller, but I remember when we were in the middle of his recruitment and people then were saying we should move him to OL (was not just French). Teller meanwhile had given several interviews where he said specifically that he only wanted to play defense. That playing defense was his top priority. He gets here and is almost immediately moved to OL.

I'm not saying it's not the right move. I'm sure French is right. But imagine you're an 18 year old kid and you knew Teller. You knew he wanted to play defense and see him get immediately switched to a position he was specifically quoted as saying he didn't want to play. And you've spent the last 5 - 8 years playing and perfecting your position. Would you choose the school that, again rightly or wrongly, has the reputation of moving kids around?

yes, we all know it happens everywhere. Every program moves kids around. But do they move top recruits around so much? I really have no idea but Teller is now a OL and the #1 TE, who also specifically said to the media as a recruit that he absolutely did not want to play QB, was moved to QB.

It's been a worry since at least my time at VT and I haven't seen it go away. Yes, Logan was and most likely Teller will get drafted but as a recruit, an underage kid who dreams of playing his position at the big dance, it could be the difference between commitment and consideration.

Interesting perspective, but one point of contention: Teller wasn't "almost immediately moved to OL." He volunteered (quoting Mark's article):

The freshman volunteered to help an offensive line decimated by injuries. He met with then-assistant coach Jeff Grimes and asked for a switch.

Maybe it wasn't his #1 choice, but when a kid steps up and says, "if you need me there, I'll play," then anyone who says he's being forced out of what he wants is inventing their own information to fit a narrative.

The point about Logan is well-taken, but it's also very nuanced. Again (and you know this), he was never a TE, just projected to be one in college. Yes, he said that he didn't want to play QB, but IIRC he also volunteered to give it a shot when we needed some depth (because he had played QB in high school, so it's not a great leap). If he was really being forced to do something he didn't want, wouldn't he have tried to transfer?

My main point is, while there is definitely a tradition of moving people around at VT, I sincerely doubt that it's unique to us, people just have a few high-profile examples of some instances where it has happened, and coupled with some sound bites, can be made to fit whatever narrative one desires.

Yep I totally get what you're saying. The problem is nobody can say definitively that either point of view is correct, right? And again if you're an underage recruit and you see something from the outside in what do you assume?

In regards to "volunteering" yes I know that's what they did. Both are high character, team first guys. Real Hokies. But we also don't know how much asking, prodding, etc was involved to get them to volunteer either. Maybe none, maybe a lot. And I think a lot of kids now transfer for exactly this reason and why it's more prevalent now, especially with QBs not getting the playing time. (eg. Durkin's comments and somewhat Brewer's transfer to VT)

I remember Saban saying something along the lines of... it's important to let 5/4 stars wash out rather than change them out. (or something like that) His point being that the kid needs to fail before they accept change wholesale. Blue chips for Bama are less a luxury as they are for VT, and so the few high-profile examples for us are perhaps a high percentage of our blue chip players and therefore much more noticeable for recruits. Again don't know.

At the end of the day, it's all perspectives of people looking into the program and making assumptions of what is happening and how it's happening. And if assumptions are what are informing recruits, and their advisers, about our program then it's a safe bet that a lot of, let's say, less studious blue chip recruits may make the wrong assumptions.

But yes, I completely understand what you're saying. Just clarifying the issue for the comments above and letting it be known that this has been around for a long time, and not just with fans.

To me the fact that we don't have players transferring, because of positional changes is enough to tell me that it isn't as big of a deal as people make it out to be. There may be a few recruits who think that way, I've just never heard of of them. I think it's more of an idea that we as a fan base use to explain why we don't get recruits as opposed to the fact that Virginia is a talent rich state and has to compete with the Alabamas and FSUs of college football. We just need have a reason for it and that's one of the ones that comes up.

“These people are losing their minds. This is beautiful.”

i guess my whole issue with the whole 'we dont get recruits because we move kids around' thing is the fact that every school moves kids around. it's a different level of football, kids get moved. sometimes it works out, sometimes it doesnt.

"That kid you're talking to right there, I think he played his nuts off! And you can quote me on that shit!" -Bud Foster

#sources bro...

If kids arnt happy with a position change, or a depth chart change, or anything else, they'll transfer. Period. I can't recall any player who transferred because he didn't like his position.

Also, unfortunately, high school programs do not necessarily care about NFL aspirations. They'll put there best, most athletic players in the position where they have the most impact ie defensive end or quarterback.

Funny that Adonnis said one of te reasons he committed to tech is because we want to keep him at safety and other schools want him to play either lb or de.

If you don't want to recruit clowns, don't run a clown show.

"I want to punch people from UVA right in the neck." - Colin Cowherd

Kam Chancellor, QB of Maury HS, disagrees.

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Edit: Alright guys alright, I edited it.
Edit to the Edit: like I said, WE GOT THIS

That team sure did suck last night. They just plain sucked! I've seen teams suck before, but they were the suckiest bunch of sucks that ever sucked.

sorry man. unjinx, ya dig?

I would, but as Jay Mohr says: PUT YOUR NAME ON IT! I do appreciate the owning up to the downleg though

That team sure did suck last night. They just plain sucked! I've seen teams suck before, but they were the suckiest bunch of sucks that ever sucked.

Love this guy

He has Kam as his standard. Then he knows how hard he has to work to get to that level. Good news for Tech.*

Any idea what time tomorrow he's set to announce? Is he doing it on a radio station?

Alex can correct me, but I don't believe there's a set time, and he'll announce via his Twitter (@Adoniskaaaaa).

Just want to jump in here and comment that the way that recruiting has been handled on this site has been nothing short of incredible. Informative but not overwhelming with an emphasis on remaining cool headed and respectful to recruits and all who are involved. Yes there will always be stupid comments but this community does an awesome job at knocking those down instead of reinforcing them like on most sites.

As much as it feels like a punch to the stomach when recruits don't choose us we have to remember that these are kids trying to make the best decision for their future. Let's all remember to direct our anger somewhere besides a kid in high school.

This kid arrives in a bad mood...WOW...looks like he has some great recovery speed as well...we may have our own legion of boom in a few years between Fisher and!

Don't we have one every year?

We already have one. We've always had one. It's called B.O.O.B.

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