According to reports, Bear Alexander, a defensive tackle from USC, is set to enter the transfer portal, marking his search for a new school for the third consecutive year.

According to reports from multiple sources, Bear Alexander, the defensive tackle from USC, is planning to enter the transfer portal once it becomes available next week. Alexander initially began his collegiate career at Georgia before transferring to USC last year. Standing at 6-foot-3 and weighing 313 pounds, Alexander made a significant impact for the Trojans during his single season with the team.

In his sophomore year, he recorded 48 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, and 1.5 sacks, standing out as one of the few bright spots on a struggling USC defense in their disappointing 8-5 season.

Ranked as the top defensive lineman and the 14th overall player in the 247Sports transfer portal rankings, Alexander is considered the top available player in a position highly sought after, although more notable players could enter the portal in the upcoming days.

Alexander, who hails from Texas, is accustomed to relocating frequently. He attended three different public high schools in Texas before finishing his high school career at IMG Academy. Highly recruited, he initially chose Georgia, where he was expected to play a significant role on the Bulldogs’ defensive line. However, he later transferred to USC in an effort to bolster their defense.

Now, Alexander is set to join his eighth program in seven years since high school. Despite the strong demand for defensive line talent in the transfer portal, his history of short stays might give pause to major programs. Additionally, since he will be eligible for the 2025 NFL Draft, any team acquiring him could view it as a one-year arrangement.

Among top teams in the nation, Oregon and Florida State have positions to fill. Interestingly, although Georgia could benefit from an upgrade in the interior defensive line, a reunion seems unlikely due to their past history.

Should Alexander seek to return closer to home, most major Texas programs are in need of interior upgrades. Texas A&M, in particular, heavily recruited Alexander out of high school, and with key players leaving through the portal, they might be interested. Texas, under the leadership of Steve Sarkisian, lost significant talent in the interior, though they may approach Alexander cautiously. Local schools such as SMU and TCU, known for actively participating in the transfer portal, could also extend offers to Alexander.

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