LSU’s promising 2016 signing class is preparing to touch down in Baton Rouge, La., later on this week, but there will be one noticeable signee missing.
Four-star defensive tackle Edwin Alexander is not expected to be on the LSU campus this week, sources told The Advocate’s Ross Dellenger.
The St. Thomas Aquinas High School (Hammond, La.) product will not enroll in summer classes, and instead will try reach academic qualifications during that time to try and enroll in August.
Alexander committed to LSU for the first time in November 2013, then after reopening his recruitment, pledged again in April 2015.
The 6-foot-2, 310-pounder chose the Tigers over Florida State and Southern California.
Alexander figured to be a nose guard in the new LSU 3-4 defensive scheme, but may now be a step behind fellow signees Rashard Lawrence and Glen Logan. Logan can play at multiple spots along the defensive front, but may be thrust into action at defensive end with Alexander likely out of the fold.
If Alexander cannot reach the necessary academic benchmarks this summer and cannot enroll in August as anticipated, then junior college is the most likely option.
Three-star wide receiver Da’Monte Coxie is expected to attend Copiah-Lincoln Junior College (Wesson, Miss.).
Alexander and Coxie are the only two members of LSU’s 25-man signing class not expected to report to campus this week.
Alexander was rated as the nation’s No. 8 defensive tackle in the Class of 2016 and Louisiana’s No. 4 overall prospect, per the 247Sports’ composite rankings.
Alexander did not respond to multiple phone calls.
Sam Spiegelman covers LSU football recruiting for SECCountry.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play in Tigers Stadium.