ESPN junior college 100 defensive end Kewan Alfred (Athens, Texas/Trinity Valley Community College) was fortunate to take four very productive official visits. Turns out the last visit also proved to be the most persuasive.
Alfred verbally committed to Memphis Tuesday and became one of the Tigers’ top recruits of the 2013 class. Ranked No. 93 in the ESPN JC 100, he is commitment No. 15 for the Tigers, and he will join Trinity Valley teammate Adrian Henderson, a receiver.
Wednesday is the first day all mid-year juco transfers can sign a national letter of intent. A 6-foot-3, 250-pound end, Alfred is expected to sign at Central High School, his old high school in Beaumont, Texas.
Alfred chose Memphis over offers from North Texas, New Mexico and UNLV. Ultimately, Memphis and North Texas were his top two, but Alfred said the overall vibe he felt while at Memphis proved to be the major difference.
“They pretty much won me over as soon as I got there,” Alfred said. “It wasn’t like a normal trip. It felt like a real family once I got there. Wherever I went, they were always asking if I needed something. They treated me real good.
“The players I’ve met so far seem really, really cool. It’s really like a big family there. It was great.”
Alfred was recruited to Memphis by offensive line coach Vance Vice. Junior defensive end Corey Jones, a Memphis native, was Alfred’s player host.
Alfred said Memphis is looking for him to play a standup defensive end/outside linebacker hybrid. At Trinity Valley, Alfred finished his sophomore year with 41 tackles, three sacks, two forced fumbles and two pass breakups.
Alfred was a first-team all-Southwest Junior College Football Conference selection this past season. He is hoping to use what he learned on the juco circuit to his advantage. Alfred has three years to play two seasons.
“When I first got to junior college, I didn’t know what I was getting myself into,” Alfred said. “Everything’s a lot harder. Even though we’re college football players, we don’t get the spotlight. We’re still grinding.
“In juco football, you’re trying to get to next level. What I got out of it was a new work ethic. It taught me to keep pushing until I get to my goal.”