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Monday, May 6, 2013
In-state LB Alfieri covets Oregon offer

By Brandon P. Oliver

The state of Oregon has never been a premier destination for college football recruiters, but the state has seen an uptick in BCS-level talent in recent years. Likely the state's top all-around player, linebacker Joey Alfieri (Portland, Ore./Jesuit) is helping to carry the torch for the state in the Class of 2014.

The 6-foot-3, 220-pound linebacker, who also plays running back for the powerful Crusaders' program, currently holds 10 offers. That list is expected to grow this month as the spring evaluation period will have coaches stopping in to the Rose City to see Alfieri and another Crusaders standout, tight end Henry Mondeaux. Mondeaux holds offers from Oregon State, Stanford, Washington and Washington State, among others.

Alfieri and defensive end Connor Humphreys (Portland, Ore./Central Catholic), who was recently selected as a participant in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, are considered the state's top two players, but Mondeaux has the distinction of being the only in-state player with an offer from Oregon. While Humphreys hasn't heard much of anything from the Ducks, Alfieri has been in regular contact with the Oregon coaches, including Ducks defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti.

"When I visited for the spring game I was able to meet with Coach Aliotti and Coach [John] Neal. They told me that they really like me and feel like I would be a good fit for what they want to do," Alfieri said. "They said to just stay patient because they are just slow with the process. Coach Aliotti told me not to worry, that I was one of a select few that they will keep in touch with."

Family ties often play a major role in a recruit's decision and in a state where it's typically all Ducks or all Beavers, Alfieri is taking a neutral stance despite the fact his father played for the Beavers.

"I went to both spring games last weekend and had a great time at both schools. I got to meet with coach [Mike] Riley at OSU and enjoyed myself the whole time," Alfieri said. "In Eugene, I got to meet with the coaches and spend time with [Jesuit alum] Keanon Lowe. He was telling me how great everything is there. It was a great environment all around."

Alfieri was most impressed with the atmosphere at the stadium and the entire spring game weekend in Eugene.

"It was packed, so that was really cool. It was an energetic atmosphere in the stands and in the locker room before the game," Alfieri said. "It was really fun to see because everything they do from their facilities to their play on the field is so innovative. Oregon is definitely a program I would consider if they were to offer me."

With or without an offer from Oregon, Alfieri insists that the rumors of Oregon State being a shoo-in for his signature are greatly exaggerated.

"That's not true at all. There are rumors and people think that's what I will do because of my family," Alfieri said. "There is no pressure from my family to go to Oregon State at all. They want me to make the best choice for me and they'll support me no matter what."