We are nearing the end of April, but the month continues to bear fruit for head coach P.J. Fleck and co. with a verbal commitment from Texas linebacker D’Marion Alexander. His pledge is the Minnesota Golden Gophers’ eighth commitment collected this month.
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It sounds like Fleck and defensive coordinator Joe Rossi envision his role being similar in nature to Carter Coughlin’s, alternating between outside linebacker and edge rusher. Like Coughlin, Alexander does not have much experience playing on the line of scrimmage, but his size, length, and speed would enable him to thrive in such a role. His technique as a pass rusher is understandably raw, with consistent pad level representing an area in need of improvement, but he has a natural feel for attacking the edge or countering inside. Alexander has flashed impressive closing speed when pursuing the ball carrier, and his length and athleticism help him as an edge rusher. He has all of the physical tools to succeed once he is in a college weight-training program and can work with defensive line coach Chad Wilt to improve and refine his technique.