May 30, 2006

UT's Alexander makes long trip to Texas

While most kids across the country are putting the finishing touches on their summer vacation plans, there's a group of 21 youngsters that begin the second stage of their athletic careers on Tuesday.

For these young men, there aren't any trips to Cancun with friends or cross-country drives to Wally World with mom and dad to get excited about. Instead, the summer will be filled with two sessions of summer school and hours of working out in the Texas heat as they prepare for their first season of college football.

Meet the Longhorn freshmen class.

Although four members of the Class of 2006 enrolled into school in January, the 21 other members of the nationally recognized class made the move to Austin this weekend.

"We're planning on leaving on Saturday morning and we'll get there by Monday," Anderson (S.C.) T.C. Hanna defensive tackle Ben Alexander said last week. "We'll stay in Austin on Sunday night I'm sure. We move in on Tuesday and school starts on June 1st."

Of all the players that made the move this weekend, Alexander's cross-country trip of 1,093 miles was the longest. According to the 6-0, 300-pound Alexander, the long drive will allow him to focus on the exciting times that await him once he officially becomes a Longhorn today.

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