Player Spotlight: Brenden Alford

Brenden Alford, who received a Wake Forest offer at the end of his sophomore year, is planning on visiting the Winston-Salem campus this weekend for the February Junior Day event. The 6-foot-5, 294-pound right tackle played last season at Dillon High School in South Carolina. He recently moved to Greenville, S.C. with his mother where he is attending Wade Hampton High School.

"I'm here now," Brenden Alford said of his transfer. "I'm looking forward to see how I do going from 2A to 4A competition. I've met everybody. It seems like a good group of guys."

Dillon came within a game of playing for a state championship last season. Alford played alongside junior standouts D.J. Park and Bryce King at Dillon to provide the Wildcats with quite a formidable line. Park has committed to play at South Carolina, and King has numerous Division 1 offers. Although he's stepping up in classification to 4A, Alford will likely be the main offensive line presence coaches come to see at Wade Hampton this fall.

"So far I have one offer," said Alford. "Coach (Keith) Henry was who offered me [at Wake Forest], but he got fired. They're still recruiting me though. I've already heard from Coach (Jonathan) Himebauch. It looks like a pretty campus. It's close to home."

Although Alford is high on Wake Forest he's hoping playing in the Greenville area will offer more visibility to bolster his recruiting status. He plans on getting out to as many camps as his wallet can stand this summer.

"I'm just looking to be a part of an overall good program," said Alford. "I want to play with good teammates who are willing to help me out when I don't know yet what's going on. The coaching staff is also important. I want to play under a staff that will help you with everything you need to be successful. I've had some family members play football, but none of them got to college. I want to be the one to take it the furthest."

Alford reports an A/B average in the classroom. In addition to weightlifting, Alford is competing in discus and shot put at his new high school this spring. Alford has a first cousin, Elliott Alford, who is the returning starter at quarterback at Hutchinson Community College in Kansas. Both Alfords have a great chance of moving on next year to play Division 1 football.

Alford wore jersey No. 77 last season for the Dillon Wildcats. Other universities he has been receiving interest from include Clemson, East Carolina, and South Carolina.

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