In his head, three-star athlete Dominique Alexander (Tulsa, Okla./Booker T. Washington) was already an Oklahoma commit when he visited OU two weeks ago for the game against Notre Dame.
Alexander, who was committed to Arkansas at the time, had an incredible first experience at OU and eventually switched his commitment last week to the Sooners.
Even though he felt like he was an OU kid two weeks ago, there was no feeling about it Saturday against Baylor. Alexander is OU all the way and couldn’t be happier about it.
“It’s just a great feeling all the way around,” Alexander said. “It’s a totally different feeling from Arkansas. I don’t know if that’s because I’m from Oklahoma, but I can’t go a day without people talking to me about it.”
It has been a whirlwind month for Alexander, who initially committed to the Razorbacks in June. The realization that college is almost here dawned on him this weekend.
Alexander's high school career ended Friday night in a first-round playoff loss to Jenks, Okla., which features fellow OU commit Jordan Smallwood. Alexander didn’t want to say it was a moral victory for Tulsa Booker T. Washington to make the playoffs, but it sort of was after the program was going through its third coach in Alexander’s four seasons.
He said he was feeling down about his career being over. And then Saturday came.
“It was just the total opposite feeling of what I was feeling like Friday night,” Alexander said. “The Notre Dame game you knew was going to be packed. But the Baylor game was almost just as packed. That gave me a lot of hope like this is the place to be.
“This is me. This is my future and what I’m going to be doing. I’m incredibly lucky to have this opportunity.”
Alexander finished the season with 130 tackles with 16 tackles for loss, four sacks, five forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, an interception returned for a touchdown and 14 pass breakups.
Those numbers show his versatility and show why OU linebackers coach Tim Kish and defensive backs coach Mike Stoops are so eager to get Alexander to campus.
Alexander didn’t get to spend much time with Stoops on Saturday but said he felt at home talking with his future coach.
“He said he was so happy that I’ve decided to come to OU and that I was able to make the trip,” Alexander said. “It felt great to hear that.”
Entering this season, Alexander hadn’t seen one OU home game in person. He’s going to see his third next week with Bedlam when Oklahoma State comes to Norman, Okla.
“I’m definitely not going to miss that,” Alexander said.
He didn’t play basketball last season because of an injury, but Alexander said he is hopeful to play this season. He said he wants to rest and recover from nagging ankle problems, but he wants to use basketball as a way to improve his lateral quickness.
The question still remains as to whether Alexander will be used as a linebacker or safety or a hybrid of the two positions. Regardless, he’s ready for the next chapter.
“This is what I’ve been working so hard for to get,” Alexander said. “I don’t care what position I play. I just want a chance to show what I can do. I know I’m going to get that chance at OU.”