New Jersey DT Jason Alford

Jason Alford is a terrific DT prospect from Orange, New Jersey, with around 20 scholarship offers, including one from Penn State. PSU has consistently been listed as one of Jason's top teams. Are they still?

Name: Jason Alford
Position: DT / C
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 255 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.8
School: Orange High, Orange, New Jersey

Jason's high school team finished the regular season with a 6-3 record.  They won their first round playoff game this past weekend by a score of 26-0.

Even though his football season is still going strong, the DT prospect has already begun the process of taking official visits.

"I visited Virginia already on October 20, and I got Penn State this weekend, on the 17th," Jason said.  "I have Rutgers on the 30th of November, and Miami on December 8.  The last visit will probably be between Michigan State, NC State, Syracuse and Maryland."

Although Jason said that he liked his visit to Virginia, and that "it was pretty cool", Virginia is not one of his top 2 schools at this time.

"Penn State and Miami are the top 2."

Jason indicated that neither team is favored over the other at this time.  All of his favorites have offered.

"I was at Penn State for the Miami game, and I was there for the camps.  I've been going [to the Penn State camps] since my freshman year."

While visiting Penn State to attend the summer camps, Jason was given a tour of the facilities and was impressed.

The good news for Penn State fans is that Jason grew up as a fan of the Nittany Lions.

Assistant Head Coach Fran Ganter is recruiting Jason for Penn State.

"I talk to them about once every week.  I like their defense, how they get after the ball.  I just like it."

Jason has also talked with Coach Larry Johnson on several occasions, both in person and on the phone.

"He's really cool, I like him a lot."

Jason has never been to Miami, but he is very interested in the Hurricanes as well.

"I also like their defense.  Their defensive line is really fast.  They have determination to get to the football, and a lot of defensive linemen come out of there and go to the pros."

Jason believes that his strengths are his "explosion and determination to get the QB".

"I had 8 sacks during the regular season, and around 85 tackles.  I didn't have any sacks yesterday, but I had 4 QB hurries."

Jason, like most top Division I prospects, would like the opportunity for early playing time.

"Penn State told me that I could get in and play early.  They said they're losing some defensive linemen, so I could come in and play."

One seemingly large advantage that Penn State has over Miami, is that it is relatively close to Jason's home in New Jersey.

"Yeah, location is a factor, but it's not a big factor.  I still have to talk it over with my grandmother."

Jason lives with his grandmother, who, along with the rest of Jason's family, attends his games.

"Pretty much my whole family [attends my games], my grandmother, my uncle, my 2 sisters, my brother and my little nephew."

"My grandmother is going with me on my Penn State visit.  I think I'm going by myself to Miami."

According to Jason, his grandmother likes Penn State, and the atmosphere on campus.

Jason will be busy this coming weekend.  He has a playoff game on Friday, which will of course be followed by his official visit to Penn State.

"I'm going to leave on Saturday.  I think I come back Sunday evening."

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