Verbal View: West Virginia Adds Offensive Dynamo Alec Sinkfield to 2017 Class

West Virginia gained its second dynamic playmaker in its football recruiting class of 2017, and its third in the class overall, when Alec Sinkfield committed to the Mountaineer program.


Sinkfield has offensive skills that make him a threat either running or catching the ball. While WVU has him targeted as a running back, he played a good bit of slot receiver for his high school American Heritage, which has give him experience catching the ball and operating on the perimeter. Teamed with WVU commitment Tevin Bush, the Mountaineers could be featuring a  pair of very elusive offensive weapons in a couple of seasons.

Whether taking handoffs or catching the ball, Sinkfield is notable for the way in which he gets upfield quikcly. He doesn't waste any steps - he hits the hole hard and gets his shoulders square immediately. He has the speed to get to the corner on sweeps and outside reads, but again, he doesn't try to outrun his foes when space isn't available.

Sinkfield is also a kick returner who brings the same mindset to both punt and kickoff runbacks. He sets up blocks well, but he simply gets every yard available by heading north and south as quickly as possible. He also brings a good stiffarm and a surprising amount of power to his runs, as he consistently breaks tackles and sheds contact.


Sinkfield looks to have plenty of speed, but he's not a breakaway guy that is going to simply speed past every defender. That's being a bit picky, however, in search of potential chinks in the armor. The way in which he gets upfield and runs through contact is well suited to West Virginia's move to a more power-based running game, and its not as if he's slow, either. When he gets in the open field he doesn't get run down from behind, and certainly has enough speed to gain yardage consistently.

Although only listed at 5-10, Sinkfield does have the frame to add some weight to help contend with the battering running backs can take. After a year or two in the program, he'll likely have the few extra pounds of muscle and weight. 


"He does a good job of making those strong cuts -- he puts his foot in the turf," recruiting analyist Corey Bender said. "He does have a quick twitch on that move when he's reading his blockers and sees the hole. He is a very patient runner, but when he sees it he flashes a really nice burst. He gets from 0-10 really fast. and he doesn't go down with that first contact.

"He's a high character kid and his recruitment has really heated up recently. He blew up during the spring evaluation period, and West Virginia did a really great job of getting in on him and getting this commitment."

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