Suchesk hopes to prove himself

Running back Alex Suchesk from Mission Viejo High School in California will be heading out to BYU this week to attend BYU's Junior Day. Known for his track speed, Suchesk's goal is to show the coaches what he can do in hopes that he can earn a scholarship offer.

BYU is in the market for a running back. Tre Watson and Isaiah Brandt-Sims each have a Cougar offer, and BYU is showing interest in Cedric Dale of Texas. Another running back that BYU is looking at is Alex Suchesk, who, like Watson, will be attending BYU's Junior Day.

"They invited me out to Junior Day after they saw my highlight film," said Suchesk. "They want me to play a little running back and also a little defensive back at the camp. I'm heading out Thursday in the afternoon because the camp starts early morning Friday.

"They want us to do some one-on-one drills and some basic drills to see your speed and athleticism, and it's just going to be an incredible camp from what I've heard."

This won't be Suckesk's first time visiting BYU.

"I have been to a BYU camp before," he said. "I went to a padded camp the year before actually and it was good. They invited a lot of kids from all over. Kids came out from Hawaii and all over, so we got to see all kinds of different guys. I'm looking forward to seeing what kind of talent is there this year. It's always a lot of fun.

"They really want to see me in person live and have been saying things like, ‘We really want to see your speed in a BYU uniform.' They want me to come down and really ball out at the camp, so they've been talking to me a lot and really want to see me live. I want to go out there and perform well."

Suchesk's goal is to go out to BYU and show that he's worthy of a Cougar scholarship.

"Yeah, I just want to go out there and compete well to show the coaches what I can do," Suchesk said. "I want to go out there and prove myself and show everyone what I can bring to the table. That's kind of my goal."

Suchesk has developed a good relationship with the Cougar coach that has been recruiting him.

"Coach Nick Howell is the one that is recruiting me, and he's a really cool guy," said Suchesk. "I get along with him pretty well actually. He's been talking to me and he's a nice guy.

"BYU seems pretty interested and I've spoken to them a lot. I've communicated with the coaches pretty well. I've talked to Cal Poly, Nevada, Princeton, U.C. Davis, Penn the Ivy League school, and they've been pretty interested. I sent their coaches my film and stuff like that."

A member of the LDS faith, Suchesk isn't sure about whether he'll serve a mission. He's focused on attending college, and the flexibility of whatever school he chooses will more than likely be the deciding factor in whether or not he serves. In the meantime, he's currently looking to attend a few summer camps besides BYU's.

"I think I'm going to head out to the Cal Poly camp and then go out to the Princeton camp, then swing out to Penn to out to an East Coast trip," said Suchesk. "I'm also thinking about going out to the U.C. Davis camp."

Along with football, Suchesk is also a pretty outstanding track athlete, much like his mother was while attending Arizona State.

"I ran a 10.7 100 meters but that was hand-timed, and then I got a 10.80 laser-timed," said Suchesk. "The year before I ran a laser-timed 10.72 as a sophomore. I was hoping to beat that time this past year, but I over-trained myself right before CIF prelims and my hamstring was a little tight, so my football coaches kind of shut me down. I wasn't able to run in the 100 and 200, but I was able to run in the 400 for CIF. Unfortunately I wasn't able to get my 100 times higher at a time when I thought everything was clicking. I was hoping to get in the 10.6 range."

As Junior Day looms just around the corner, many prospects will be vying for coveted BYU scholarship offers. Suchesk hopes to perform well enough to be counted among those with offers.

Regarding what he likes about BYU, Suchesk said, "Just their history and past tradition as a program. Also, the environment and how the program does a great job of developing talent and young men out there. It's a big-time program and I would definitely consider going to BYU if they offered me."

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