One To Watch: 2012 Prospect Jamarlo Alford

Opelika's Jamarlo Alford talks about his game and recruiting.

Opelika, Ala.--While upcoming senior Torey Agee gets much of the attention on Opelika's team heading into the 2011 season, one of the players that will likely catch people's eyes in the fall is defensive tackle Jamarlo Alford. A 6-1, 270-pounder with the quickness to play outside and the strength to cause problems in the middle, Alford is a force to be reckoned with for Coach Brian Blackmon's team.

Starting since his freshman season for the Bulldogs, Alford had a big junior year despite some struggles for his team overall. Finishing with nearly 50 tackles up front and getting to the quarterback with regularity, he said the season was a big confidence booster for him.

"It helped me a whole lot," Alford said. "I think I had over 40 tackles last season. It was just about me wanting to play. That's what I've always done."

Coached by former Opelika High and Auburn University standout Tommy Jackson, Alford said he's come light years since his 10th grade season. Still with plenty of room for improvement he said there are some certain things he's trying to improve.

"I'm really trying to work on tackling better," Alford said. "I want to get out of the box better and start using my hands more. I'm also trying to get my team focused and ready for next season."

Hearing from Iowa State, Cincinnati, UAB, Alabama State, Southern Miss, LSU and several others including the Michigan Wolverines, Alford said there is one school that he's really waiting on at the moment.

"Auburn is the school I want to hear from," Alford said.

With several schools including Troy wanting to get Alford in camp this summer he said that he's looking to make several trips once he finds out the places that want to see him and his schools of interest.

"Whatever comes up for me," Alford said. "I just want to get better. Whoever invites me to a camp I'll go."


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