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Central Valley HC Feels Sky is the Limit for 2026 OL Brendan Alexander



Central Valley OL out of WPIAL Brendan Alexander

The WPIAL will likely produce quite a few high-level Power Four football recruits over the next three seasons.

When looking at the class of 2026, it’s hard to imagine a player that will be recruited more and hold more Power Four offers than Central Valley four-star lineman Brendan Alexander.

The 6-foot-4, 295-pound has watched his recruitment skyrocket over the last two months and that continued this morning as Alexander received an offer from the Stanford Cardinals. The University of Stanford doesn’t just extend offers to any ordinary player.

Stanford joins Pitt, Penn State, Arkansas, Michigan State, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, Maryland, Wisconsin, Miami (Oh.), Syracuse, Bowling Green, Akron, Boston College, West Virginia, North Carolina State and Duke as schools that have extended offers to the talented sophomore.

Considering his talent and age, the offers will no doubt continue for Alexander and everything that’s happening isn’t surprising Central Valley head football coach Mark Lyons.

The highly successful Lyons has been through this before with the likes of Robert Foster, Jordan Whitehead, Sean FitzSimmons and others and believes we haven’t even hit the tip of the iceberg with Alexander.

“Brendan is a young man that checks all of the measurables as far as an offensive lineman’s length, height and everything they’re looking for,” Lyons told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “And then you match that with his tape, it’s obvious that he’s starting to progress and blow up on the recruiting trail. This is no disrespect to any other universities but when you start dipping down into Arkansas and places like that and then out west to Stanford, midwest Michigan State, it’s just not one area of the map that’s interested in Brendan.”

With talent like Alexander, freshman running back Jance Henry and others, the Central Valley football program will continue to be a football power over the next few seasons. Taking that into account and the fact that Alexander is still growing and developing, get used to hearing his name.

“He’s a young sophomore, he’s the youngest in his class,” Lyons said. “He truly, technically by age, could still be a freshman. I think that’s another piece to the puzzle that these college coaches see and say that he hasn’t even reached his full growth spurt and potential. He certainly checks all of the boxes and is still so relatively young for his age. He hasn’t even hit 16 yet and won’t do so until the end of the school year.”

All of this attention at such a young age can sometimes get tricky and at times overwhelming for young athletes. Plus, you have to take into account the new era of NIL recruiting, where it’s the Wild Wild West out there. Fortunately for Alexander, he has a strong family structure and the guidance of Lyons, one of the most ethical coaches you’ll find, so he’ll be given proper direction over the upcoming years.

“We had this conversation probably a few weeks back,” said Lyons. “Even though the recruiting as you said has changed, I still tell him that it still comes down to building good relationships. Returning phone calls, returning texts, shaking hands, looking at people in the eye when you are talking with them. That will never change and are the people skills that as coaches I still try and impress upon these guys. That still has fabric in the recruiting game.

“The other part is that he still has teammates that look up to him and respect him. Now his role is going to change where the things that he will do here in the next two years, Brendan will be under a microscope even more, which means he has to be aware of how he handles himself in every situation. Those are the talks that I will continue to have with him. It helps that his parents are strong supporters of the program and we’re all on the same page on how to handle this respectful young man during this process.”

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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