Mackensie Alexander is going to Clemson.
The Immokalee High standout and No. 4-rated football recruit made the announcement Wednesday’s announcement live on ESPN’s college sports network ESPNU.
The move surprised some as moments earlier his brother Mackenro Alexander decided to go to Auburn.
The decision brought Mackensie Alexander’s long and often erratic recruitment to an end. Largely unknown at the start of his junior season, the 5-foot-11, 175-pound defensive back became one of the nation’s top recruits after a strong performance at the U.S. Army National Combine in San Antonio in January 2012.
Just days after returning home from the combine, Mackensie Alexander verbally committed to Tennessee. When defensive backs coach Terry Joseph left for Nebraska, Mackensie Alexander decommitted from the Volunteers.
Mackensie Alexander started gaining national attention when he was ranked highly by several recruiting websites last spring. Rivals.com ranked MackensieAlexander the No. 56 player nationally in the Class of 2013 in February 2012, while ESPN tabbed him as the sixth-best senior in the country a few months later.
Though four Bowl Championship Series schools had offered Alexander scholarships by the end of his junior year, including Florida and Miami, the offers started pouring in over the summer. By Signing Day, at least 28 BCS teams had extended offers to Mackensie Alexander.
Over the summer Mackensie Alexander took unofficial visits to Notre Dame, Miami, Georgia, Alabama, Florida State and Kentucky according to 247sports.com. Mackensie Alexander took an official visits to Texas A&M in October and Clemson in November. He then went on official visits to Mississippi State on Jan. 18 and Auburn on Jan. 25.
Also signing at Immokalee on Wednesday were quarterback Tshumbi Johnson (Cincinnati), running back Jacky Marcellus (West Virginia) and defensive lineman Deadrin Senat (South Florida).
Mackensie Alexander was a first team all-state selection the past two seasons. He had three interceptions and six passes defended as a junior, then four interceptions and five break-ups as a senior. The numbers can be misleading, however, because opposing quarterbacks rarely threw Alexander’s way.
Though overshadowed by his twin brother, Mackenro Alexander also developed into a BCS recruit the past two years. He led the Indians with 114 tackles as a junior and a single-season record 154 as a senior.
An inch taller and 15 pounds heavier than his brother, Mackenro Alexander (6-0, 190) played linebacker and made the all-state first team as a senior. He was recruited as a defensive back and likely will play safety in college.
Last month Mackensie Alexander announced he would only play college football with his brother, per their mother’s wishes. The announcement brought a flood of new offers for Mackenro Alexander. Just a few weeks later Mackensie Alexander told ESPN he changed his mind and that he and his brother would not play for the same school.