South Iredell center Alex Gourley is seeing his recruitment pick up after a junior season filled with accolades. The 6-foot-1, 275-pound center was named to the 2014 Carolina Gridiron All-Gridiron 2nd Team, the North Piedmont All-Conference team and the R&L All-County team.
Even with all of the success during the season and his standout performances at camps last summer, landing the elusive first offer has been a challenge for Gourley. With the start up of spring practice, college programs have picked up recruiting. The result has been more interest for Gourley.
“I’m hearing from a lot of schools at the moment,” said Gourley. “The FBS schools I’ve heard from recently include ECU, Temple, Brigham Young, UNC Charlotte, and Virginia Tech. Many of the FCS and Division III schools have become more active with recruiting as well. Overall, recruiting is going well, but getting my first offer is something I have yet to do.”
Height could be the reason Gourley has yet to receive his first Division I offer. At 6-foot-1, he is well below the average height of college linemen. With that being said, leverage is an important factor in blocking, it’s often the lower man that holds the advantage and Gourley has repeatedly proven at camps his height won’t inhibit his ability to block even the biggest of linemen.
ECU is a school that has been aware of Gourley’s ability for quite some time. Even with the loss of offensive line coach Brandon Jones to Cal, the Pirates have stayed in the picture.
Jones spearheaded Gourley’s recruitment. His replacement, former James Madison offensive line coach Brad Davis, made sure to reach out to him once he got settled in at ECU.
“After coach Jones left, I didn’t communicate with ECU very much because they were looking for a new offensive line coach,” said Gourley. “After coach Davis joined ECU the communication picked back up. I haven’t had a chance to meet him in person yet, but I hope to do so soon. This will allow me to develop a better relationship with ECU.”
Gourley isn’t sure which school will be his first offer or whether it will come from the FBS or FCS level. What he does know is that he would like an offer from ECU. In fact, he mentioned he would be thrilled if the Pirates offered because he believes ECU has one of the best programs around.
ECU’s coaching staff has invited Gourley to attend the Purple and Gold Spring Game on April 18 and the offensive line/defensive line camp over the summer. He isn’t sure about the spring game, but definitely plans to attend camp.
Coach Davis told Gourley’s father his son would have to do really well at the camp as a true center and not a guard, adding he has more to prove.
“It would be exciting to play for Coach Davis,” said Gourley. “He played center at a high level and he knows how to succeed at the position.”