Alleman ready to shine

After a horrific injury, A&M signee David Alleman is ready to get back out on the field for the Aggies. He just got back from Fish Camp and now he's ready to get started. Aggie Websider's David Sandhop catches up with Alleman about playing for Texas A&M.

The Woodlands centerfielder David Alleman was considered one of the lucky ones. He was the leadoff hitter on one of the best high school baseball teams in the country. As a junior, Alleman and his Highlander teammates captured the 2006 Texas 5A State Championship crown. The 6-foot, 195-pound speed athlete was promptly offered a scholarship to play ball for Coach Rob Childress and the Texas Aggies, and he signed a letter-of-intent during the November early signing period prior to his senior season.

Everything was on track for a great senior season and a run at a second straight state championship when fate stepped in and dealt Alleman a tough blow in the form of a serious injury.

"It was early in the season and I tracking a ball at the wall and I jumped to catch it," Alleman explained. "I came down awkwardly and I dislocated my knee cap and a chunk came out. It wasn't a pretty sight."

They put the knee cap back in place, but Alleman and his family were left with a decision to make that would affect the remainder of his high school career and possibly his college career.

"The doctors felt they could try to patch me up and maybe get me back on the field," Alleman said. "Or the safer long-term decision was to have surgery immediately and start rehabbing for next season. We decided to go with the surgery so I could get this out of the way for good and move on."

According to Alleman, the doctors said that the average recovery time from this procedure is approximately one year, but given his focus and desire to be practicing with his new teammates at Texas A&M this fall that timetable has been shortened significantly.

"The knee feels pretty good. I've worked hard in rehab and I'm ahead of schedule," Alleman said. "I'm not 100% just yet, but I'm pretty close. I'll be ready for fall ball."

Alleman describes himself as the prototypical leadoff hitter, finding a way to get on-base and making things happen on the basepaths with his speed, something the Aggies prided themselves on last year.

"I'm one of those leadoff hitters with a good eye. I guess I'm a scrapper that puts the ball in play and hustles," Alleman said. "I do have gap-to-gap power and I can drive the ball some."

Alleman is also comfortable patrolling centerfield, and feels his defensive abilities are definitely a big asset in his game.

"I've got pretty good speed and I get really good jumps on a fly ball," Alleman said. "I can track the ball well and cover a lot of ground. My arm strength is pretty good too. I want to work on my accuracy and improve there."

Alleman has already been indoctrinated into the Aggie spirit and has settled into his new home at Callaway House with his roommates Aaron Daab and Brooks Raley.

"All of the baseball signees just got back from Fish Camp. It was a great time," Alleman said. "The dorms are incredible. There are theater rooms and tanning beds. It's nice. We've (freshman class) already spent a lot of time together and worked out. They are great guys, and even better baseball players. I had faced Aaron (Daab) before, but he was unhittable the other day. He's really improved."

Alleman is aware of the hard work and dedication that faces him and his teammates as fall practice is around the corner, but The Woodlands native says he's ready for the challenge. In fact, it's the challenge that led him to Texas A&M.

"The fans are crazy here and I love the atmosphere," Alleman said. "But Coach Childress is a big reason why I'm here. What he's done with the program, and especially the pitchers in his short time at A&M is amazing. He expects hard work and dedication, and that's what motivates me. I wanted to be a part of that."

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