Clemson lands lockdown CB MacKensie Alexander

MacKensie Alexander chose Clemson over Auburn, where his twin brother signed earlier. (US Presswire)

Cornerback MacKensie Alexander (Immokalee, Fla.) slow-played the announcement process on National Signing Day, pulling out hats from Clemson, Auburn, and Mississippi State before finally donning the Orange. Alexander gave Dabo Swinney and his staff one of their biggest recruiting wins of the day.

247Sports ranks Alexander is ranked as the No. 4 cornerback in the Class of 2013, solidifying the Tigers' cornerback position along with Cordrea Tankersley, one of the top juco prospects in the country.

Clemson was hoping to secure five-star defensive tackle Montravius Adams, but when Adams donned a "Tigers" hat it was paired with an airbrushed Auburn T-shirt.  Ole Miss signee Robert Nkemdiche and Ole Miss-turned-Auburn commitment Elijah Daniel were also interested in Clemson earlier in the process. Making matters even more difficult for MacKensie was the commitment of Mackenro Alexander, his twin brother. Mackenro, a safety, selected Auburn over West Virginia and Mississippi State. After the earlier decisions did not break Clemson's way, Swinney and his staff were hoping MacKensie would opt not to join his twin brother for his collegiate career.

Clemson's pass defense improved slightly with the addition of new defensive coordinator Brent Venables, but it has not been a truly dominant unit in recent years.  With a potent offensive attack, shoring up that secondary is necessary to ensure the Tigers' continued success in the future.

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