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Decision Day for Top 4-Star Pitt CB Target

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Pitt cornerback target Mason Alexander

It’s decision day for one of the top Pitt prospects in the class of 2025.

Mason Alexander — a 6-foot, 180-pound four-star cornerback from Hamilton Southeastern in Fishers, Ind. — is announcing his collegiate decision this morning, and Pitt is in the mix for his final decision. 

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Alexander visited Purdue over the second weekend in June and made it out to Pittsburgh last weekend. And it’s the culmination of a recruiting process that appears to have come down to either Pitt or Purdue — considering he’s officially visited both programs.

Alexander is coming off an official visit to Pitt, spending a few days in Pittsburgh with the coaching staff and his (potential) teammates. He was in town with another four-star cornerback Elijah Dotson, who has been committed to Pitt since May.

Alexander holds offers from Auburn, Ball State, Cincinnati, Florida, Georgia State, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisville, Maryland, Miami, Michigan State, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ole Miss, Oregon, Pitt, Purdue, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Toledo, Vanderbilt, West Virginia, Western Michigan and Wisconsin, but it’s the two aforementioned schools that stand out.

He received his first Power Four offer from Pitt last year, with Archie Collins extending an offer on April 1, 2023, and the culmination of the year-long relationship came to fruition over the weekend.

The Panthers, obviously, would love to add an athlete of Alexander’s caliber to their class of 2025.

Alexander is an explosive playmaker, able to play on both sides of the ball and special teams, but he’s a prototypical cornerback. He’s a smooth, fluid athlete who’s able to drop down and make tackles at the line of scrimmage and drop back and shadow opposing — top — wideouts.

Alexander racked up 39 tackles (19 solo), three interceptions (two returned for touchdowns), eight pass breakups and a forced fumble as a junior at Hamilton Southeastern last season.

247Sports rates Alexander as the 298th-ranked recruit in the class (29th-ranked cornerback and fifth-ranked recruit from Indiana) while On3 rates him as the 279th-ranked recruit in the class (25th-ranked cornerback and fifth-ranked recruit from Indiana).

Rivals rates him as the 34th-ranked cornerback and fifth-ranked recruit from Indiana — holding a 5.8 Rivals Rating.

Alexander would be an elite addition to the class of 2025, a cornerstone piece alongside Dotson in the secondary — without mentioning a diamond in the rough in Shawn Lee. And it appears that it’s coming down to Pitt and Purdue,

It’s interesting that Pitt and Purdue are once again in the mix for one of the top cornerbacks in the class, considering 2024 four-star defensive back Koy Beasley decided between Pitt and Purdue this time last year. The Boilermakers won that battle, and it appears to be another coin flip.

Pitt holds 17 commitments in the class of 2025, with one unannounced Pat Signal:

Three-star athlete Synkwan Smith (Roswell, Ga.), three-star Kha’leal Sterling (Miami, Fla.), three-star Torian Chester (Albany, Ga.), three-star Akram Elnagmi (England), three-star wide receiver DaMarion Fowlkes (Olney, Md.), three-star tight end Max Hunt (Tampa, Fla.), offensive lineman Shep Turk (Jefferson Hills, Pa.), three-star wide receiver Tony Kinsler (Port Orange, Fla.), three-star wide receiver Bryce Yates (Chesterfield, Va.), three-star running back Ja’Kyrian Turner (Bushnell, Fla.) and three-star quarterback Mason Heintschel (Oregon, Ohio) offensively.

Three-star linebacker Emmanuel Taylor (Virginia Beach, Va.), three-star cornerback Shawn Lee (Harrisburg, Pa.), three-star linebacker Justin Thompson (Olney, Md.), three-star defensive end Julian Anderson (Orlando, Fla.), four-star cornerback Elijah Dotson (Detroit, Mich.) and three-star defensive lineman Trevor Sommers (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) defensively.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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