Alletto Impresses during All-Star Game

Terry Alletto traveled to Hawaii as one of the lesser-known high school stars participating in the Hawaii Prep Classic, but through his performance during practice sessions and the game itself, he caught the notice of just about everyone through his solid play. TBS caught up with Alletto to learn of his experience in Hawaii.

Terry Alletto is a 6-foot-3-inch, 260-pound offensive line prospect from Ponderosa High School in Colorado. Alletto committed early to sign his letter of intent with BYU, where he'll join with his two older brothers in providing great play for the Cougar offensive line.

Having committed so early, Alletto was destined to become one of the more underrated recruits to show up on BYU's 2009 signing list. However, after a dominating performance in the nationally televised Hawaiian Prep Classic, he served notice that he's one of the top prep offensive line prospects in the country. Alletto said he's grateful for the recognition.

"I haven't read much, but yeah, it's great that people think I performed well," said Alletto after being informed of the postgame accolades he received. "I think I played very well, I felt comfortable with the offense and it felt great being out there playing again after the season ended."

It was also a chance for Alletto to visit Hawaii during the winter. He surfed, went kayaking in the ocean and basked in a Hawaiian sun that isn't enjoyed much during the cold winter months in Parker, Colorado.

"Yeah, it was sort of depressing to come home," said Alletto. "I had so much fun there with my family. It was my first time going to Hawaii and it was really fun and a really great experience."

But Alletto was there primarily to play football, and as mentioned he played very well during practice sessions and the actual game, which pitted the top athletes from the islands and those mainland athletes with Hawaiian and Polynesian descent against all of the other mainland all-star prep players.

"It was different getting started and it took me time to get going," said Alletto. "But after a few reps I felt very comfortable and felt like I knew exactly what we were doing and I felt I did very well."

Alletto played center and was matched up with top prep prospect Manti Te'o a lot during the game, as the blocking scheme called for the two offensive guards to handle the defensive tackles while the center was left to take on the opposition's middle linebacker.

"He's good, he's definitely a legitimate top prospect," said Alletto about Te'o. "He's definitely one of the best linebackers I've played against, but I think I did very well against him."

The top player Alletto went up against in his estimation was defensive tackle Dylan Quinn, who will be inking with Boston College this coming February.

"He's a great guy and probably the best defensive tackle I've every played against," said Alletto about Quinn. "We got along great and I only went up against him in practice, but wow, he was very good."

Alletto always knew he could go up against the best in the nation and show well, but after doing it this past weekend in the Hawaiian Prep Classic, he's grateful for the exposure.

"I feel that I can play against anyone," said Alletto. "I'm glad that people think the same now after watching me perform on television."

Scout sure noticed, as they bumped up Alletto from two stars to three stars in their latest recruiting ranking for offensive linemen around the country. Alletto is strongly committed to BYU and will be taking his official visit to the school on January 10.

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