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17 DAYS TO 2019 KICKOFF: Jonathan Alexander

In which BracketCat counts down the 17th day until the 2019 kickoff with a profile of defensive back Jonathan Alexander.

#17 Maurice Porter
Like Maurice Porter (17) in 2004, Jonathan Alexander is a JUCO defensive back transferring in to wear the same jersey number and hoping to make an immediate impact in a secondary that was depleted of experience by graduation.
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#17 Jonathan Alexander

True Junior | 6-2 | 213 lbs. | Fort Worth, Texas
Jonathan Alexander
Jonathan Alexander
Courtesy Kansas State Athletics
  • Position: Defensive Back
  • Previous Colleges: Garden City Community College; Kilgore College
  • Projection: Second-String
  • Status: On Scholarship

Jonathan Cameron Alexander (b. Sept. 27, 1999) is an incoming community college transfer who has a chance to make an immediate impact on the secondary in 2019.

Alexander played under head coach Dwayne Henry at Trimble Technical High School, where he was named the 99th-best safety nationally in the Class of 2016 by 247Sports.

He earned first-team all-district honors at safety as a senior after totaling 54 tackles, three tackles for loss and five interceptions.

Alexander also returned eight kickoffs for a 17.9-yard average and three punts for a 22.7-yard average, caught 12 passes for 262 yards and a touchdown, and earned first-team all-district accolades in basketball and was named the district rebounding Most Valuable Player.

He spent the 2017 season at Garden City Community College, playing in 10 games, and recorded one tackle and a pass breakup.

Alexander transferred to Kilgore and played the 2018 season for the Rangers under head coach J.J. Eckert. He was rated the 14th-best community college safety in the Class of 2019 by 247Sports.

Alexander earned honorable mention all-conference honors as a sophomore after totaling 49 tackles, one tackle for loss, nine pass breakups and an interception.

He helped Kilgore to produce a 10-2 season with a conference championship, while the Rangers capped the season with a victory in the C.H.A.M.P.S. Heart of Dallas Bowl and a No. 4 national ranking.

Alexander chose K-State over offers from Grambling State, Incarnate Word, Lamar, Louisiana, Old Dominion, Prairie View A&M, Southeast Missouri State, Southern, Texas State and UTEP, as well as interest from Baylor, Hawaii, LSU, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, Oregon State, TCU, Texas Tech and Utah.

His primary recruiter was Joe Klanderman, who also is likely to be his position coach.