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Wednesday, January 30, 2013
New school in mix for juco 4-star Alford

By Kipp Adams

Since Oct. 28, four-star junior college athlete Mario Alford (Greenville, Ga./Georgia Military College) has been committed to Arizona. A recent official visit has put the Wildcats’ chances of signing the 5-foot-10, 180-pound prospect in jeopardy.

“My official to West Virginia went great,” Alford said. “The facilities really stood out, as did how well the coaches treated me. It is just pretty nice being up there in the mountains.”

In eight games last season, Alford had 52 rushes for 541 yards and six touchdowns, eight catches for 199 yards and two touchdowns, and eight kickoff returns for 188 yards and a touchdown.  The Mountaineers are hoping to use that versatility to replace a Paul Hornung Award winner.

“West Virginia wants to use me the same exact way they used Tavon Austin,” Alford said. “If I do decide to go there that would be great because I would have a great opportunity to come in, work hard and start.”

Another factor in play for Alford is distance.

“West Virginia is much closer to home, so my parents would be able to catch my games,” Alford said. “I also would like them to be able to watch my games in Eastern Time on TV.”

The Wildcats are not out of it yet, though.

“Arizona has been the ones with me since day one, and they have a great offense as well,” Alford said. “Both teams would be great for me, so I just have to make a decision, which I will by the end of this week.”

Coach Rich Rodriguez came to see Alford two weeks ago, and Dana Holgorsen is set to visit Alford on Wednesday night.