Edwin Alexander, welcome to LSU.
The four-star defensive tackle cemented his pledge to LSU by inking his letter of intent on National Signing Day.
This comes after a long, winding path that involved Alexander committing to LSU twice — and de-committing once — over the past three years.
Alexander originally pledged to LSU in November of 2013, but de-committed five months later. That sparked an influx of attention from Florida State, Miami, Tennessee and Texas A&M, but ultimately led Alexander back into LSU’s arms a year later in April 2015, when he committed to the Tigers for a second time.
The 6-foot-2, 310-pound defensive lineman has since been a hard LSU commit. Alexander made his pledge to the Tigers after the team’s spring game, selecting the purple and gold over Florida State and Southern Cal.
Since then, Alexander had six unofficial visits to LSU before taking his official visit to the campus on Jan. 15.
Despite nine reported offers, Alexander only took that one official visit.
An Under Armour All-America game participant, Alexander figures to be a key part of the defensive line reinforcements that are so prevalent in LSU’s 2016 recruiting class.
The St. Thomas Aquinas (Hammond, La.) product joins LSU’s star-studded cast that also includes five-star prospect Rashard Lawrence and fellow four-star tackle Glen Logan. Together, the trio will join forces with all four returning starters from the Tigers’ defensive line from a season ago, including defensive tackles Christian LaCouture and Davon Godchaux.
Like many of the LSU defensive linemen to sign their letters of intent on Wednesday, defensive line coach Ed Orgeron played a pivotal role in the recruitment of Alexander.
Orgeron and Alexander’s relationship dates back to a camp the defensive tackle participated in last summer. Orgeron remaining on the LSU coaching staff was key when defensive coordinator Kevin Steele left for Auburn and Dave Aranda took his place.
Alexander was a Louisiana All-State selection at defensive tackle in 2015 and is rated as Louisiana’s No. 4 prospect and the No. 8 defensive tackle in the nation.
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