A few months after playing Notre Dame’s Lineman’s Challenge, austin alexander was back in South Bend for the Irish’s win over Cal on Saturday.
“It was a great moment,” the 2025 Kentucky defensive end told Irish Sports Daily afterwards. “Everything is done to perfection. The atmosphere is crazy. All the coaches and assistants love me. It really was such a good time.
The Cooper High School star was able to reconnect with Notre Dame defensive line coach Al Washington, defensive coordinator Al Golden and head coach Marcus Freeman.
“Coach Washington keeps saying, ‘It’s only a matter of time before we offer you,'” Alexander recalled. “They’re just working on technical stuff at the back. It’s cool to hear that. He’s like, ‘We want you here.’ It’s a blessing to hear that from a coach and the passion he had for me and the love he had.
“(Coach Golden) loved the build I’ve had, put on since camp and continue to grow and he can’t wait to see me continue to grow as a player.”
The 6-foot-3, 218-pound has early offers from Maryland, Liberty, Akron and eastern Kentucky. An offer from the Irish would be special.
“That would be amazing,” he said. “That’s the hard work I feel like I put in over the summer. I feel like that player and getting that recognition would mean a lot. My dad having been to Notre Dame and growing up as a fan and everything, that would be just excellent.
Alexander’s father, Durran, attended Notre Dame while his uncle, Shaun, played in Alabama before a long NFL career with the Seahawks and Redskins.
Alexander has a few trips in mind for the coming weeks.
“Next week we are looking at attending Purdue or Ohio State and then vice versa the following week,” he said.
In the meantime, he will remain in contact with the Irish.
“I’m going to be in touch with Coach Washington and the director of recruiting every week. I’ll send a movie and we’ll send them my transcripts and all that. Hopefully something will come out of it.