Played in 13 games with nine starts at right tackle ... Earned Freshman All-SEC honors and second team Freshman All-America from Scout.com ...Finished rookie season with 656 snaps and 49.5 knockdowns ... Played every offensive snap in final nine games of the season, including 84 vs. top-ranked Alabama ... First career start came in win over Towson (61 snaps, 2 knockdowns) ... Followed that with first SEC start in road game against Florida (53 snaps, 3 knockdowns) ... Had career-best 11.5 knockdowns in win over Ole Miss ... Followed that with team-high 7.5 knockdowns on 67 snaps in road win over Arkansas ... Played outstanding overall game vs. No. 1 Alabama with 5.5 knockdowns on 84 snaps ... Helped an LSU offense rack up 435 total yards (139 rushing, 296 passing) in near upset of Crimson Tide in Tiger Stadium ... First extensive action of career came in win over Idaho with 32 snaps and 5 knockdowns.
One of the top offensive linemen in the nation as a senior at Buford High School in 2012 ... ESPN.com rated him as the nation's fifth-best offensive lineman and No. 9 overall prospect in the state of Georgia ... Ranked No. 75 nationally in the ESPNU 150 ... Member of Rivals 250 as he's rated as the nation's No. 11 offensive tackle prospect and No. 17 overall prospect in the state of Georgia ... Rated the No. 11 offensive tackle by Scout.com and is No. 78 on Scout.com's Southeast 150 ... Superprep All-America ranked him as the 29th best offensive lineman ... 247sports.com rated him as nation's No. 5 offensive lineman and is ranked as 14th-best overall prospect in Georgia ... Participated in the Under Armor All-American game ... Consensus four-star prospect ... Ranked No. 64 on the Press-Register Super Southeast 120 ... Earned Georgia AA All-State first team honors as a junior and senior ... Coached by Jess Simpson.
Parents are Rhonda and James Alexander ... Born on March 23, 1994, in New Orleans, La. and moved to Georgia at age three ... Graduated from high school in December of 2011 and enrolled at LSU for the 2012 spring semester ... Participated in spring football at LSU in 2012.
- LSU's top NFL Draft-eligible prospects to watch in 2014: 4. OG Vadal Alexander, Junior...A brute in the running game, Alexander made the switch from right tackle to left guard a year ago and paired with Collins to form one of the most dominant left sides in college football. He enters his junior campaign with 22 career starts (13 at left guard, nine at right tackle) already under his formidable belt and is expected to contend for all-conference accolades in Year Two of the position switch.
As you might anticipate given his 6-foot-6, 342 pound frame, opponents struggle to match Alexander's girth and power. He simply overwhelms opponents with his size and shows impressive strength to lock out and drive defenders off the ball when he keeps his feet moving. Alexander does get into the bad habit of bending at the waist as he tires and has just average initial quickness off the snap. As such, defensive tackles too often were able to stand him up at the line of scrimmage, making Alexander quite a road-block for his backs to avoid. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com