Mandeville Lineman Starting to Get Looks

Mandeville High's Chad Alfaro is an imposing figure on the football field. At 6-6, 295-pounds, Alfaro has the ability to play more then one position at the next level.

The 2008 football season started finally for Mandeville High School when the Skippers hosted West Jefferson Wednesday night on the north shore. The game, a 14-13 Mandeville victory, took a lot out of 6'6" 295 lb defensive lineman Chad Alfaro.

"The game didn't go like we wanted," said Alfaro, "But we did get the win."

Alfaro, who camped at Louisiana this offseason, took a few minutes after the game to talk about his future. "I'm not sure what I want to be," Alfaro admitted, "I like engineering, I'd love to design things, I also like architecture."

Academics are obviously steering Alfaro's decision-making process to football recruiting. "There are no official offers yet, but the colleges recruiting me right now are Louisiana, Mcneese, Purdue and Nicholls. Louisiana and Purdue are wanting me to play offensive line, and McNeese wants me to play defense and maybe some tight end."

Alfaro, who maintains a 3.1 GPA, is impressed with UL's Chemical Engineering program, and stated that Purdue's Civil Engineering program is one of the top 3 in the country.

"I love to play basketball," said the multi sport athlete, "I hate to have to choose. I have good foot work , and really great hands – I think that playing basketball helps me when I play football.

Alfaro lists his strengths as his size, his speed [5.1 40yd] and his strength [265 bench 475 squat]. "I'm not as explosive or quick as I will be," he admits. "But I am fast and I am pretty strong."

Charlie Alfaro, Chad's father, plans to visit Lafayette with Chad for the upcoming Kent State game. "He likes UL," said the dad. "WE saw the facilities, the indoor field, the campus…. It's a nice place. Chad's focus now is improving his ACT score… he's taking a prep course, he scored a 16 the first time and he'll do much better than that on the next one."

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