American football cornerback Mackensie Alexander joined the Minnesota Vikings after the 2016 NFL Draft, where he finished 54th from the Vikings in the second round. Before going pro, Alexander had a very illustrious college career at Clemson University, where he proved crucial to the Clemson Tigers defense.
Mackensie Alexander Bio
Mackensie Alexander was born on November 12, 1993, in Naples, Florida, at the side of an identical twin brother Mackenro. His mother Marie and father Jean Alexandre are both from Haiti. When he grew up, his parents were farmers and the family barely survived.
Mackensie received his high school education at Immokalee High School in Collier County, Florida. As a high school athlete with three sports, he competed in soccer, wrestling, and track and field athletics, and excelled in all three sports. As a high school graduate in 2012, Mackensie Alexander was ranked in his weight class among Florida’s top 15 wrestlers. As a sprinter, he won the 400-meter sprint at the Collier County Athletic Championships and the 200-meter sprint at the Bear Run Invitational.
In football, Alexander developed 42 tackles and 3 interceptions, a feat that helped the team win a place in the 2012 AAAAA title match in Florida. His epic performance also earned him an All-State designation and he was nominated for the prestigious U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Before the end of his high school football career, Alexander was the toast of many college recruiters as he was among the most promising defensive prospects in his class in the entire United States.
In early 2012, the boy made a commitment to the University of Tennessee. However, after the departure of the team’s second coach at the time, Terry Joseph, he retired from that initial commitment. Between 2012 and early 2013, Alexander attended several schools. Finally, he made a commitment that Clemson University would become one of the highest-ranking signees in the history of the Clemson Tigers on National Signing Day 2013.
Mackensie Alexander College Career
Mackensie Alexander ended his first season (2013) with the Tigers due to a groin injury he had sustained during preseason training. However, he fulfilled expectations when he finally made his debut in the 2014 season. The talented cornerback put together 21 tackles, including 2 tackles for losses, 6 fumbled passes with 1 fumble recovery in 766 snaps, the highest number of snaps ever taken by a newcomer to the Clemson Tigers. He also set up 37 quarterback sacks with 2 touchdowns. Mackensie Alexander also made history as the first rookie in the history of the Tigers to serve as a cornerback in all 13 games of a season. The talented cornerback earned the title of “Freshman All-American” as well as the All-ACC (Atlantic Coast Conference) first-team awards.
In his second season (2015), Alexander had an even more brilliant season as he eliminated every receiver he faced throughout his entire season. He helped the team set a 14-1 record, earning them a place in the final of the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship in Phoenix, Arizona. However, Alexander’s time in this important final was cut short by a hamstring injury in the championship semi-final and the Tigers eventually lost the game to the Alabama Crimson Tide. At the end of the season, Mackensie Alexander was named third-team Sophomore All-American and also earned the honor of first-team All-Conference. In January 2016, Alexander announced his decision to compete for the 2016 NFL Draft, waiving the remainder of his college eligibility.
Mackenro Alexander is the identical twin of Mackensie Alexander, the Vikings’ star cornerback. Just like his famous brother, Mackenro Alexander is an athlete and also played college football. He spent the first two seasons of his college career playing with the Auburn Tigers at Auburn University and the Northeast Mississippi Community College Tigers.
He eventually transferred to Iowa State University, where he spent his last two seasons in college football with the Iowa State Cyclones football team. Mackenro Alexander was not drafted during the 2017 NFL draft. However, in May 2018 he was invited to the Minnesota Vikings’ rookie mini-camp.
Height and Other Body Measurements
Mackensie Alexander stands at a height of 178 cm (5 feet 10 inches). Alexander is known for his first-class athleticism and resilience and proves to be very well suited for the cornerback position. He is also distinguished by his perfect reflection as well as his seamless transition speed, which makes him one of the best cornerbacks in his class. The talented cornerback holds a weight of 87 kg (192 lbs).