The newest member of the Tigers secondary was added Wednesday evening when Terrence Alexander announced his intent to transfer from Stanford to LSU.
Alexander, who played for John Curtis Christian School in New Orleans, was a four-year contributor for the Cardinal at cornerback. He was injured last season and received an extra year of eligible from the NCAA.
After missing out on two of its top cornerback targets in the 2018 class, LSU is particularly thin at the cornerback position. There’s Greedy Williams, of course, but opposite him defensive backs coach Corey Raymond is keeping close tabs as Kary Vincent Jr., Jontre Kirklin and converted wide receiver Mannie Netherly battle for playing time. Additionally, former 5-star prospect Kristian Fulton’s status remains up in the air.
Alexander will add a veteran presence to the Tigers secondary at a position of need. He has one year of eligibility remaining but will be able to contribute right away. He spoke with OTB on 104.5 ESPN Baton Rouge on Friday morning about his decision to return to his home state and play for LSU.
“The whole process was kind of crazy,” Alexander said. “Going into my fifth year, I wasn’t looking at anything in a particular kind of way. It just kind of happened, seeing who was going to contact me in my last year, to make sure who was really interested. Along the way, LSU started to pick up in my recruitment. It got to a point where we scheduled a visit, went to the visit, a great visit, and everything was great. They did what they had to. The parents enjoyed the whole deal a lot.
“If you have the opportunity to get back home, I don’t know who would turn it down, especially being away for four years. It’s a good change-up, being close to home. Playing for LSU is a big deal.”
What was it like at Stanford?
It’s a big culture shock. You didn’t understand what you’re getting into when you sign and go out to the West Coast. It sounds good, but you don’t necessarily know what it’s like being away for that long. At the end of the day, it was a great move for me. It forces you to grow up year by year. You know how things sound great, but you get more accustomed to things as you grow up. What work has to be done to get to where you want to go, improve your craft on and off the field to be successful.
How were academics?
It was great out here on the West Coast at a school with academic prestige. You feel it when you’re here. The academic climate is very advanced and very fast paced. You understand what you get into when you’re here.
How are you feeling after the 2017 season injury?
I’m fine right now. We’re in track season. I was in rehab for about four or five months. Now I’m fine. At this point, the rest of my rehab is everyday use.
The DBU reputation and need for cornerbacks
They stressed to me that “DBU” doesn’t always have as many guys as they would like in their defensive backfield. It’s a weird situation to actually need a guy to give depth and help improve the defense. To me, it all worked out. Not only did they recruit me, I had a chance to go home and play for my home state. That’s hard to turn down. Once you make that commitment to go to LSU, you want to join that elite fraternity, that elite group of guys that have been successful in the LSU defense and then in the league. If you want to take that next step, you have to take advantage of all the opportunities you get to go where you want to be. From LSU to the SEC West, it’s a great opportunity all around to make it to the next level.
Thoughts on Dave Aranda?
I love him. He’s a great guy. The blueprint is there. He knows what he wants to do. It’s only going to get better from this year out.
Thoughts on joining the team as a veteran
Basically, the standard and the team should be strong based on the foundation. You make sure you come in and uphold the traditions and the standards of the room. Especially a dude coming in to exceed and to push the limitations of those standards that have been set. Coming in, putting pressure on those guys only increased competition, and if you are going with that, everyone has a better chance at reaching their potential.
Friends on the LSU roster?
Yeah, actually my current roommate at Stanford’s best friend is one of LSU’s defensive backs, Ed Paris. Some of the players on the team, I played a couple of them in high school. Being from Louisiana and in the city and in the playoffs, I ran into a couple of guys.
How did the weekend official visit go?
Actually, Ed Paris a lot. John Battle, the safety. I really hung out with those guys for the most part, and Michael Divinity. He’s a guy that went through Curtis for a year. They told me what LSU had to offer also. I know a couple of the guys from the team.
Plan to wear No. 11?
Yeah, that’s the plan. That’s the goal.
When will you enroll?
Right after I graduate, right in the summer, the early summer. I don’t know the specific date.
Will you contribute as a return specialist?
That’s also a possibility. I was in the return game, about to have my first year as the starting kick returner but because of the injury I wasn’t able to get any. It’s always one of the things I’ve done, being a return man, so that’s a possibility they stressed to me that was open as well.