Getting Physical: Lineman Likes to Hit

A big offensive line prospect from Florida discusses his senior season and the recruiting process.

Coral Gables, Fla.--Even in South Florida, where the high school football stars seem to be getting bigger and faster every year, Alex Pou stands out.

He was a dominating blocker as a 6-4, 255-pound junior. Now checking in at 6-5, 290 pounds and growing, defensive players have to be careful to check out where this quick and aggressive player lines up before each snap. Sometimes it is at guard, sometimes at tackle. At times when Coral Gables High needs a big stop on defense, he enters the game at noseguard or defensive tackle.

Although he never played football until his ninth grade year, Pou broke into the starting lineup on the varsity the following year as a defensive end. As a junior, he was a starter on both sides of the ball. As a senior, he spends most of his time on offense.

"I prefer to play offense," Pou says. "I like offense more than defense because you get to hit the defensive men a lot. You are making contact every play as a guy tries to get away from you.

"Colleges are recruiting me about 50-50 as an offensive guard and tackle," he adds. "I like guard a lot because of the traps and the counters as well as pulling and other stuff, but it is fun doing the pass blocking at tackle."

Pou says he has counted scholarship offers from 35 colleges to date. When you have 4.8 speed, excellent feet and balance, toughness and strength (345-pound bench press), the college coaches have a way of finding you.

Alex Pou

Fortunately for Auburn, the Tigers are on his short list of favorites along with hometown Miami plus SEC schools Georgia, Florida and Tennessee. However, he has no official visits set yet and Pou says he has not taken unofficial visits during his senior season.

This past summer, he attended two football camps. One was nearby on the University of Miami campus. The other was at Auburn. "At the Auburn camp, I was competing with some of the best linemen in the nation," Pou says. "The competition was very good."

Although he runs like a defensive end, Pou says offense is his cup of tea and colleges around the country are glad to give him that opportunity. "So far, I am happy with my senior season. Our team is 5-2 overall, but we are unbeaten in the district. We have a couple of big district games coming up and I really want to win them and qualify for the state after missing by one game each of the last two seasons."

Personally, Pou says he is "playing well" this year and is quite content to concentrate on his offensive techniques.

Tiger Ticket Extra: Pou also starts at center on the Coral Gables High basketball team and says he averaged just at 10 points and 10 rebounds per game as a junior...Last year, he was all-league and all-district in football on a team that set a Dade County single-season rushing record with the backs following his blocks...Pou will try to be a three-sport standout as a senior. He plans to throw the shot put in the spring...When asked if he watched Auburn's victory over Florida, Pou answered, "Yes, sir. I watched the whole game on Saturday night. It was probably one of the best games I have ever seen. The defense really stood up for Auburn."

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