"Now I love it. I just run through people out there. I'm big for a defensive end and people dont think I have much speed but they all find out real quickly."
Alaeze is coming off a big junior season when he had 50 solo tackles and 15 quarterback sacks. This past spring, he wanted to see how he stacked up against some tougher competition.
"I went to a combine at the Meadowlands and went up against some people (Eugene Monroe, Brian Roche, etc) who are supposedly top players," he said. "Nobody could handle me. I ran through all of them."
Alaeze, who also plays basketball, has been working hard gearing up for his senior year.
"Our team is in the weight room every day," he said. "We're also running a lot. I probably run a couple miles every day. I wanna be in good shape to be ready to tear it up this year."
The talented lineman wants people to know that he's an end and not a tackle.
"Just because I'm big doesn't mean I'm a tackle," he said. "I have real good footwork and I've got agility. I have enough speed to play end. The coach from USC told me he doesn't see too many guys with my combination."
Speaking of colleges, Alaeze will likely have his pick.
"I have so many offers," he said. "There's a bunch. I'm really wide open still though. Maryland's recruiting me the hardest. USC was my first offer. I still need to see a lot of different schools before making any decisions."
Alaeze has family in the Orlando area and has spent time there in the past. That's a connection he has to the Florida schools.
"All three of them -- Miami, Florida State, and Florida have sent me offers," he said. "I like Miami a lot. Great program and they win a lot. I just need to check out the school or whatever before I know too much about them."
The standout defender said he will check out depth charts at all the schools on his list before making a decision.
"It all depends on how many they have and their skill level," he said. "If someone doesn't have many guys and there's a chance I can play right away, I'll go. But if someone has a bunch of good players there and they are young then I probably won't."
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