Recruiting: Oklahoma RB Alexander joins 2021 class

Army added speed and athleticism to its backfield of the future when Eufaula (Okla.) running back Noah Alexander announced his commitment to the Black Knights Tuesday.

Alexander, who plays in a power-running offense, rushed for 1,448 yards and 16 touchdowns as a junior. He runs a 4.43 40-yard dash, per his Twitter profile. Alexander was recruited by Oklahoma, taking three unofficial visits.

“Army feels like a special place,” Alexander said. “The staff has heavily recruited me and for me, I personally like being a leader and doing things others may not necessarily want to do. I like to help others.

“I’ll get to live my dream of playing Division I football on top of serving my country, which is something I’ve always thought about. I want to be on a team that will be there after football.”

Alexander received his first offer from Navy in May. Army immediately countered with an offer.

“Army just seemed to care more and was always in contact with me,” Alexander said. “Multiple coaches talked to me from there and met my family.”

The 5-foot-10, 188-pound Alexander has the flexibility to play both slotback and fullback. He’s also a state-level powerlifter.

“Army is no doubt a powerful run team,” Alexander said. “I’m used to that. I have speed and toughness.”

One of Alexander’s first introductions to Army football was watching the Black Knights’ double-overtime game at Oklahoma on television in 2018.

“I didn’t know anything (at the time) but they were a tough opponent just because of their military discipline,” Alexander said. “You know Army will play tough and the run the football always.

“It seems like they’re recruiting higher-ranked athletes for their program.”

Army’s strong Florida recruiting presence continued when Wiregrass Ranch tight end Gabriel Thompson announced his commitment to the Black Knights Sunday.

Thompson was slightly familiar with Army before the recruiting process. He viewed the Army-Navy football games on TV. And, his stepbrother graduated from Navy and served.

Thompson said an immediate connection to Army’s coaching staff was one of the factors that led to his decision.

“My excitement and love for (Army) grew when they offered me,” Thompson said. “They (the coaches) really care about me and what I bring to the table. Any questions I’ve had, they responded quick and informative.

“(Army) has been my No. 1 one for a long time. My family and coaches have ingrained the long term over the short term and nothing could set me up better than West Point.”

Thompson, who is 6-foot-4 and 240 pounds, was also recruited by South Florida, Middle Tennessee and Citadel among others.

2021 commits (16)
RB Noah Alexander, 5-10, 188, Eufaula (Okla.) HS: Other offers – Navy. Rushed for 1,448 yards and 16 touchdowns as junior.
S Michael Cerniauskas, 5-11, 192, Catholic HS, Baton Rogue, La.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Ohio, Louisiana-Monroe. Father Chris is 1993 West Point graduate. Attended 2019 Army prospect camp.
TE Danny Joiner, 6-3, 240, North Kansas City (Mo.) HS: Other offers – Bowling Green, Toledo
DB Casey Larkin, 6-foot, 180, Wall (N.J.) Township HS: Other offers – Navy
OL Gavyn Lewis, 6-5, 275, Morgan County HS, Madison, Ga.: Other offers – Air Force
LS Jaxon Miller, 6-2, 240, Triton Central HS, Fairland, Ind.: Other offers – Air Force
QB Zach Mundell, 5-10, 170, Martin HS, Arlington, Texas: Other offers – Navy, Air Force
FB Lincoln Parker, 5-11, 220, Marist School, Atlanta, Ga.
FB Hayden Reed, 6-2, 210, Plant HS, Tampa, Fla.: Other offers – Illinois, Colorado State
QB Robbie Sanders, 5-10, 180, Lake Minneola HS, Clermont, Fla.
QB Nick Sawyer, Sparkman HS, Harvest, Ala.: First offer – Army. Accounted for 21 touchdowns (14 passing, 7 rushing) in 2019.
RB Casey Shorter, 5-11, 215, Taylor HS, Katy, Texas: Rushed for 1,339 yards and scored 18 touchdowns as junior.
TE Gabriel Thompson, 6-4, 240, Wiregrass Ranch HS, Wesley Chapel, Fla.
LB Emaud Triplett, 5-11, 205, Owasso (Okla.) HS: Other offers – North Texas, Eastern Michigan
CB Da’Veon Turner, 5-9, 170, Harper Woods (Mich.) HS: Other offers – Akron, Bowling Green
DB Leroy Watson, 5-10, 160, Central Catholic HS, Toledo, Ohio: Other offers – Arkansas State, Miami (Ohio), Western Michigan

Commitments by state: Florida (3), Georgia (2), Oklahoma (2), Texas (2), Alabama (1), Indiana (1), Louisiana (1), Michigan (1), Missouri (1), New Jersey (1), Ohio (1)

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