Elliott Alford was one of the state's top prospects coming out of the 2010 recruiting class. The former Marlboro County High standout is now at Hutchinson Community College, one of the country's premier JUCO programs, and is making serious strides to keep his D1 dream alive. Below is a Q&A we had with Elliott on Wednesday.
KF: How has it been making the transition from Marlboro County High School to Hutchinson CC?
EA: It's a big difference playing with a bunch of guys on the same athletic level! There are lots of D1 players here at Hutchinson. Everyone is faster and stronger!
KF: What were your statistics last season?
EA: I had 2,100 yards passing with 13 touchdowns. I also rushed for 600 yards and 7 touchdowns on the ground.
KF: What aspects of your game have improved the most since you arrived at Hutchinson?
EA: My speed has gotten a lot better. I'm much faster now. My arm is stronger and my accuracy is great! I can throw it 75-80 yards.
KF: Are there any schools in particular that stand out to you right now as far as favorites?
EA: I really like Oregon because I could fit perfectly for their offense. I also like Baylor, LSU, Auburn, Alabama, and Texas A&M. They all have very good offenses.
KF:You are one of just a couple of SC players out there, are you and Cordarrelle pretty close being QB/WR and both from SC?
EA: Yes, we have a good bond and that's my top target! He will catch anything I throw and if I throw a bad pass he will make me look good!
KF: What do you want to improve on the most this upcoming season in an effort to show colleges that you're ready for D1 football?
EA: My body weight. I'm 186 pounds right now but my goal is 200 pounds.
KF: The JUCO route is known to be tough for a lot of players while others say it truly helped them to become more prepared mentally, academically, and physically. What are your thoughts on the process for you personally?
EA: It is tough being a JUCO because everybody doesn't get the chance they want and we have a 12 man out of state rule. So maybe 35 others from out of state get their hearts broken. You have to be good to make the out of state roster and I consider myself a leader.
KF: What are you going to be weighing the most when looking at potential colleges?
EA: I will be looking at depth chart, football atmosphere, and great academics with great support system.
KF: When are you looking to make a decision on college and what will your eligibility status be as far as years remaining to compete?
EA: I will make a decision in the summer and plan on leaving in December to enroll.
KF: With so many great players coming out of Marlboro County High School has it been tough for you to keep in touch with some of your former teammates/friends?
EA: No sir. Because I talk to them on Facebook a lot. We are always in touch and keeping up with each other.
KF: What kind of awards or recognition have you earned while at Hutchinson?
EA: I've gotten offensive player of the week two times and got honorable mention in the conference.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS...ELLIOTT ALFORD
Bench press: 270 pounds
Squat: 370 pounds
Power clean: 250 pounds
Fastest 40 time: 4.53 seconds
Pro shuttle: 4.09 seconds
Broad jump: 10'4"