June 19, 2012
DE, Ryan Alexander ready to jump start his Army career
When DE, Ryan Alexander committed to Army as part of the 2011 recruiting class, the 3-star prospect was initially thought to be direct bound as reported by GoBlackKnights.com at the time.
However, that was not the case as Alexander spent his first round of duty at the USMAPS which allowed for him to fine tuned his talents and get ready for the next step.
Unfortunately for the Canadian (Texas) product, his rookie season ended before it ever really got started.
He missed the entire season after breaking his foot during his first practice at the prep school. "I didn't get to play a snap so I'm really looking forward to finally getting on the field and getting into the action," shares the very focused Alexander.
"Because I didn't play the whole season they (coaches) never got to see me in action, but they primarily had me working at defense over the spring and a little offense ... but mostly it was defense. They said I could end up anywhere, but I will see how it goes. I really don't care, I just want to play"
Alexander went on to say that his injury was just a freak accident. "I was running the hoop drill ... nothing ever like this ever happen before, but I'm 100% recovered and I have been since Christmas break."
It is clear just from talking with Alexander that he is like a caged tiger, anxiously awaiting the opportunity to get back in the mix and showcase his talents. "I'm really looking forward to football practice to start and being with my buds again," shared Alexander, who is scheduled to arrive to West Point on June 30th. "I am been working out and going to a speed training locally ... going there twice a week."
And ready he appears to be, as noted by his slight weight gain. Coming out of high school, Alexander tip the scales at 230 pounds, but now is listed at 6-foot-2, 238 pounds.
This time around, the Texas native will be making his way North minus his family, but the focused Alexander appears to be good and ready. "I'm traveling up by myself because it's just R-Day (Reception Day), but my parents will be coming up for A-Day (Acceptance Day)," adds Alexander, who has also been in contact with the Army coaching staff.
"Coach Mumford called me last week to make sure that I'm ready to get going and yes, I'm ready to compete."
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