After coming up empty at cornerback on National Signing Day, LSU dipped into the graduate transfer market to fortify “DBU.” Terrence Alexander signed with the Tigers this week after spending the past four years at Stanford.
“It’s a rare situation where (LSU) would actually need a guy to come in and help give depth and help improve the defense,” Alexander said on “Off the Bench” on 104.5 ESPN Baton Rouge. “For me, it just kind of all worked out.”
Alexander is from New Orleans where he prepped at John Curtis before signing with Stanford as a three-star member of the 2014 signing class. He played in 41 career games for the Cardinal, but only one game in 2017 after a forearm injury cost him the remainder of the season.
“If you have the opportunity to get back home, I don’t know who would turn it down,” Alexander said. “It’s a good change up being able to be so close to home, especially playing for LSU. It’s a big deal.”
Ed Orgeron will count on Alexander to provide an immediate impact at a position that lost Donte’ Jackson and Kevin Toliver early to the NFL Draft. In fact, LSU currently has only four scholarship cornerbacks on the roster, one of which is converted receiver Mannie Netherly. Safety signee Kelvin Joseph is expected to play cornerback when he arrives on campus this summer.
It’s a challenge that Alexander is embracing.
“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,” he said. “If you really want to take the next step, you have to be confident and take that step because all of the opportunities are there to get to where you want to be.”
Alexander said his injury is healed and he is currently participating in track season. That world class speed has the LSU coaches considering giving him a try in the return game in 2018 also.
Alexander will report to campus in July with the rest of the signing class. LSU still has one scholarship available in the 2018 class if they choose to dip into the transfer market again.
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