Belleville (MI) Belleville linebacker Aaron Alexander committed to Michigan on Saturday afternoon. He picked the Wolverines over an offer from Marshall.
Alexander is listed at 6’2″ and 205 lbs. He reportedly ran in the 4.4’s at a couple camps recently.
Rivals: 2-star, 5.4 grade
247 Sports: 3-star, 86 grade, #78 ATH
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Alexander wasn’t really on my radar until a couple weeks ago when he camped for the Wolverines. He performed well and showed off his athleticism (reportedly include those 4.4 forties), and after those in-person evaluations, Michigan went ahead and offered. There was some immediate optimism on Michigan’s end, and he committed during Victors Weekend.
There’s not a lot of film on Alexander, who played a COVID-shortened junior season and also appears to have suffered an arm injury, resulting in wearing a cast to play a portion of the season. I can’t say there’s a lot to love about Alexander’s highlights other than the aforementioned speed. He chases down a quarterback from behind, but that was after he blitzed A-gap out of control and flushed the QB out of the pocket. He looks a tad slow to diagnose plays, too.
Overall, I think the jury is out on Alexander and would like to see more film. I like his overall athleticism, but to get a scholarship offer from Michigan, it would be nice to have a little more than just pure speed. I was also under the impression that Michigan wanted to get bigger at linebacker, and at 6’2″ and 205 lbs., Alexander doesn’t appear to check that box. He seems like a good candidate to spend a few years in development.
This is Michigan’s second commitment of the day, joining running back C.J. Stokes (LINK). The last time Michigan signed a Belleville product was in 2020 with defensive back Andre Seldon.
TTB Rating: 57
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