Alfieri impresses by making SPARQ finals

Portland (Ore.) Jesuit linebacker Joey Alfieri continues to impress at offseason camps with a big first day at The Opening.

Jesuit linebacker Joey Alfieri has been making every camp appearance count. After taking home MVP honors at the NFTC in Oakland back in May, Alfieri continued to build on his rising stock at The Opening by making the finals of the SPARQ national championship.

Though he didn't win, Alfieri clocked a 4.55 40-yard dash time in the finals and registered a vertical of 37 inches, both improvements from his preliminary results. However, he was disappointed in his power ball performance where he registered a 39-foot toss, down from his earlier 42-foot toss.

"I calculated it and if I would've got a 42 tonight, I would've had a 142 SPARQ score I think, which would've placed me third I think," Afieri said.

Alfieri recently finished up his track season at Jesuit, and credited that training to helping him excel in the SPARQ competition.

"It definitely helped a lot," Alfieri said. "Knowing how to have proper form for a 40, especially how to have a good start."

After his strong first day, Alfieri is hoping that the performance draws more attention for him on the recruiting trail.

"I'm definitely trying to stand out," Alfieri said. "Hopefully now coaches will be looking at me, knowing that I can perform athletically. Hopefully they'll be watching me a little bit more."

Alfieri hasn't been focused too much on recruiting as of late, noting that all of the schools he has offers from have stayed in regular contact. One other school that he continues to wait on an offer from is Oregon.

"They stopped by school a couple of times before it ended and they watched me lift," Alfieri said. "I have a good relationship with Nick Aliotti and Don Pellum.

"They're usually known for offering late, so maybe in a month or two I'll get it."

For the moment, Alfieri isn't planning on taking visits to other schools. Instead, he'll be enjoying a cruise and will continue to train for the upcoming season.

"Right now, I'm mainly focusing on getting bigger, stronger and faster at football to help my team," Alfieri said.

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