"I'm not trying to brag on this, but I do work like I think an NFL running back works," said Alec Sinkfield, who committed to the Mountaineers on Thursday evening. "You aren't going to run around anyone on that level, so I work on one cut and then getting up the field. That's my style and that's what I do best, and that's what you have to do to be successful."
Sinkfield emphasizes that he isn't comparing himself to an NFL back yet, but it's instructive to note that he has settled on a running style that suits his physical talents -- and one that maximizes yardage. Scout.com recruiting analyst Corey Bender is very impressed with the way Sinkfield plants hard and gets in and out of his cuts, and Sinkfield sees that as one of his best attributes. It also suits his body frame (solidly constructed at five feet, ten inches and 190 lbs.) but he also believes he can add a good bit in that area too.
"Big time," the well-spoken offensive threat said with a laugh, when asked if he thought he could add some quality weight. "I know I have a lot I can do to make myself stronger."
Sinkfield has eyed the running back position for a long time ("all the way back to when I started playing") but said that he played much more slot receiver during the early stages of his high school career in order to benefit his team. As a sophomore, he got some carries, but it was only last year as a junior when he really began to emerge as a running back and gt the majority of his snaps at that position. He doesn't regret the time he spent in the slot, though.
"It really helped me with my field awareness, just being a student of the game," he said of his experience catching the ball. "It helped me get a feel for the whole game, for knowing where people are on the field and how to get the ball."
Sinkfield's move to running back helped him gain notice in recruiting circles as well. West Virginia began talking to him after the Cactus Bowl, and the Mountaineers were his second offer. A number of other Power 5 schools have come on board this spring, when his offer list has expanded to nearly a dozen. It was that earlier tie to WVU, plus his interactions with West Virginia running backs coach Ja'Juan Seider, that sealed his commitment.
"He doesn't hide anything. He's 100% straight up and honest with you," Sinkfield said of the reasons for that connection. "He's very easy to relate to and talk to. He's almost like a big brother in that way. And he's from Florida, and he knows the game and how it's played."
Sinkfield, who plans to major in aerospace engineering ("My dad works on cars, so that sort of led me to my interest in engines") will make camp visits to WVU this summer, and said he can't see any other schools or offers changing his commitment to WVU.