The Blue Raiders' defensive line has a new addition as of this spring, with C.J. Alipate transferring to Hurst (Texas) LD Bell from San Mateo (California) Aragon.
"I feel like I've entered a new environment. Everything is fast paced. There's always something to do in practice; you are never just sitting around. You are always active," he said.
The 5-foot-11, 305-pound athlete, who will play tackle for Bell, is enjoying the experience of high school football in the Lone Star State.
"The intensity is the biggest change. All of the coaches are excited for every practice; they get on you and it's just way more intense out here. The coaches are helping me to get better all around. The coaching and the exposure has been much better here," he said.
Alipate mentions the exposure, which has allowed him to be checked out by numerous college programs who made their way down to hurst this spring.
"I feel like a little kid at Disneyland to have coaches talk to me. It's crazy that they want to talk to me. They have been telling me that I look good and that I just need to keep my grades up and be prepared for next year," he said.
The feedback he has been receiving is positive, with many coaches asking him to come out to camps this summer.
Bell head coach Mark Smith thinks that the camp circuit and the upcoming season could definitely increase Alipate's recruitment.
"In the time that he's been here, he's been incredible. We've had a lot of good Polynesian defensive linemen at this school since I've been here and have sent them to schools around the country. He will be as good as any of those guys. His lateral quickness is incredible for a player who is 300-pounds," he said.