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A.J. Alexander's final visit could very well be to Pittsburgh on Jan. 11. "I think that team will be turning it around and will be really good in a couple of years," Alexander said. "They beat West Virginia when nobody thought they could and they played with a lot of emotion and desire. They showed what they can do. I like their offense a lot and they said they would use me at slot..."

A.J. Alexander, the 5-foot-10, 180-pound four-star wide receiver from Area High School in Altoona, Pa., now denies a leader from among Pittsburgh, North Carolina, Tennessee, Penn State and Florida State. All of his favorites have offered.

"I really haven't been thinking about recruiting much recently," Alexander said. "I really can't go wrong with any of these schools."

He already visited North Carolina on Nov. 3 and Tennessee on Oct. 27 and says the Vols are recruiting him the hardest. "They call me all the time and I really like the coaches a lot," he said. "I have a great relationship with them, but I know that (offensive coordinator) coach David Cutcliffe took the Duke job and I'm not even sure if the coach recruiting me, Kurt Roper (running backs), will be there.

"I talked to (head) coach Phillip Fulmer about it and he says that he's happy for coach Cutcliffe and that it's a good opportunity for him. He told me not to worry too much about it and that's what I plan to do. I'm not really thinking about it."

Alexander's final visit could very well be to Pittsburgh on Jan. 11. "I think that team will be turning it around and will be really good in a couple of years," he said. "They beat West Virginia when nobody thought they could and they played with a lot of emotion and desire. They showed what they can do.

"I like their offense a lot and they said they would use me at slot and even returning kicks and stuff. They think I'm really versatile."

New to Alexander's top five is Florida State. "I really like the coaches there and coach Bobby Bowden has been there a long time," he said. "They also have a good style of offense and I think I'd be able to play early there."

As recently as November, Alexander was saying Penn State was his top choice. Now he says, "everyone is even. I'll talk to my mom about it and we'll try to find what's best for me," he said. "I think it'll be a bunch of things. It's not gonna come down to one thing.

"I can't really say I have a favorite right now. I still really like Penn State too, but I like all the schools in my top five."

Alexander is ranked as the No. 31 wide receiver in the country by Scout.com.

He reports a 3.0 core GPA and an 830 SAT.

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