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Highly coveted 4-star DL Bear Alexander commits to Georgia

Jeremy Crabtree10/21/21
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After narrowing his list to Georgia and Texas A&M, On300 defensive lineman Bear Alexander of Fort Worth (Texas) IMG Academy has committed to the Bulldogs, according to On3’s National Analyst Chad Simmons.

Alexander, who ranks as the No. 33 player in the On300 and the No. 6 defensive lineman in the country, was committed to Georgia before opening his recruitment back up in early June.

This summer, Alexander visited Miami, Alabama, Texas and others, but Georgia and Texas A&M were the two that stood out. And in the end, he came full circle by picking the Dawgs.

“Georgia was never out this,” Simmons said. “Even when he decommitted and the momentum was around Texas A&M, Georgia stayed consistent, didn’t panic, and Bear liked the approach.

“As the season progressed, Bear moved to Florida, he attended a Georgia game, and the Bulldogs slowly gained momentum. The connection to the Georgia staff, the play of their defensive line, and the opportunity Bear sees coming in behind Jordan Davis played into this decision.”

The commitment from Bear Alexander continues Georgia’s red-hot recruiting streak.

Five-star DL Mykel Williams recently flipped from USC to Georgia. Four-star offensive lineman Aliou Bah committed after backing away from a longtime pledge to Florida State.

And before Bah, the Bulldogs landed a commitment from tight end target Oscar Delp. He is a top 100 talent out of Cumming (Ga.) West Forsyth that the Bulldogs made a priority over a year ago.

“There is no hotter team in the country right now than Georgia,” Simmons said. “Bear Alexander is a player they want to build their front seven around in the coming years, so picking up his commitment is another huge piece of the puzzle for Georgia this cycle.”

What Georgia is getting with Bear Alexander

In 2020, Bear Alexander missed the first half of the regular season because of transfer rules, but he helped Denton Ryan to an undefeated season and the Texas 5A D-I state title.

As a sophomore, he played at Dallas Skyline, and he was at Terrell Texas as a freshman. During that freshman season, he was named the District 8 5A II defensive newcomer of the year.

This season he transferred to IMG Academy in Florida – one of the top football factories in the country.

“Bear Alexander has a terrific frame for an interior defensive line prospect,” On3 National Analyst Gerry Hamilton said. “Big-bodied with high-end first-step quickness and reactive quickness at his size. Broad shoulders and very strong lower body are accompanied by an 81-inch wingspan and 10-inch hands.

“Developed technically playing for a terrific Denton Ryan coaching staff as a junior. Initial pop jolts offensive linemen on the high school level. Regularly beats double-teams with quickness or a powerful bull rush. Can occupy two blockers, and still push the pocket.”