Irish Offer Dominant Lineman

It was a play that might stick out more than any other for Nick Alajajian. The Naples (Fla.) High right tackle got beat for a sack by a defensive end from Golden Gate High.

It was the only sack Nick Alajajian gave up all of last season.

"I was pretty pissed," the 6-foot-4, 280-pound top-100 player stated. "It was the first sack we gave up all year as an offensive line."

With that kind of dominance in the trenches, Alajajian helped lead Naples to a 16-0 record and a class 3-A state championship this past fall. He has been offered a scholarship by Florida, Florida State, Miami, Central Florida, South Florida, Pittsburgh, Tennessee, Clemson, Georgia, South Carolina, and most recently by Notre Dame.

Irish assistant coach Bernie Parmalee has been in regular contact with Naples High head coach Bill Kramer since the season ended. Last week, Parmalee and Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis got in touch to offer Alajajian.

"Coach Parmalee and I were talking and he said coach Weis wanted to offer me," Alajajian began. "I talked to coach Weis and he said that we want to offer you a scholarship, what do you think about that? I said that's pretty cool. Then I talked to him for a little bit, and then I talked to coach Parmalee again.

"They were just telling me to think outside of the box. I've been living in Florida my whole life, just think outside the box because there is other good schools than the ones in Florida.

"I'm checking it out. I know they have great tradition up there, a great football program and that's about it. I don't know too much."

Alajajian, who has a brother that plays on the offensive line at Florida International, would like to visit South Bend sometime in the near future, and added that a college decision will likely come after his senior season.

Alajajian can bench press 350 pounds, squats 450, and runs the 40-yard dash in 5.l seconds. He has a GPA of 2.9, and isn't sure what position Notre Dame likes him at. College programs like him as both a tackle or guard.

"I coached three of his brothers," Kramer said. "His Mom is a team mom, and I know his Dad, we're good friends. I'm very biased here, but he is a leader, been a leader since he walked in the door. We had 31 seniors, and he was still a leader. On top of that, his skills are ridiculous. He runs like a little guy and quickly gets to the second and third levels. He can fit in on the linebackers and the guys in the secondary. That's why just about everyone in the nation has offered him."

Alajajian has only taken visits to Florida and Florida State, and plans to soon get out and see a bunch of schools.

"Academics, and when the earliest I can play, and just their graduation rate and stuff," he said of what he is looking for in a program. Alajajian also stated that distance would not be a problem. Top Stories