TULSA — Oklahoma commit Dominique Alexander woke up and acted like Wednesday was a normal day.
He said he knows in order to make the Sooners proud, he needs to continue to work.
That's why at 6:30 a.m., the Tulsa Washington defensive star hit the gym, despite it being college sports' biggest holiday — National Signing Day.
By 7:30 a.m., Alexander, who was told by coaches Mike and Bob Stoops that he will be playing linebacker for Oklahoma, was back home and getting ready for school.
At 3 p.m., the Sooners' commit walked into his high school's field house wearing a black dress shirt and crimson vest and an OU hat. He smiled as members of the crowd shouted his name and snapped photos.
Then he signed a piece of paper with an OU emblem 11 times while the media shot videos and photos.
“That's my number,” Alexander said.
But when he was asked to give his new school's traditional chant, he downplayed the act.
“Just say ‘Boomer' and see what you get back,' a cameraman told him.
“No sir, the people here like Oklahoma State,” he said.
Including his father, Derrick Sr., who played for Oklahoma State. He tried to help recruit his son for Oklahoma State, but Dominique grew up a Sooner fan. Then, Derrick Sr. said, the Cowboys coaches didn't try to recruit him.
After Dominique went to the Oklahoma-Notre Dame game, Derrick Sr. said his son knew he was meant to be in Norman.
“He got to see the atmosphere and the fan base and how supportive the fans were and former players that came back on that day,” Derrick Sr., a Tulsa police officer, said. “I think that's one of the things that sold him on it.”
This fall, Dominique will take on his dad's former team and his brother's, Derrick Jr., current team: Tulsa.
“On a scale of one to 10, the trash talk is 10,” Dominique said. “I tell him they have no chance and then he tells me we're not going to win.”
Derrick Jr. tried to talk his little brother into TU, but Dominique said once he received the Oklahoma offer, there was no changing his mind.
Plus, he's already creating memories with Oklahoma. Take, for instance, when Bob Stoops called to offer to Alexander.
“Hello,” Alexander said.
“Hello?” Stoops said.
“Hello?” Alexander said.
“Hello. Have you heard my commercial?” Stoops responded, talking about the AT&T commercial in which his only line is the word ‘Hello.”'
Then the new commit and his new coach laughed.