Alford Waiting For Right Opportunity

After a solid freshman season, Long Beach S Guy Alford (6-0, 205), a qualifier out of high school, is looking to possibly leave if the right opportunity presents itself...

As a freshman last season, Alford handled strong safety duties for the Vikings and finished with 32 tackles, 1.5 sacks, three tackles-for-loss and one interception.

"I feel like I have a nose for the ball," Alford told recently. "My overall physicality on the field is what makes me stand out.

"I'm working on my hips, footwork and coverage (this offseason). Once I get those right, I feel like I will be able to take my game to the next level."

In that respect, Alford has already hauled in one offer and started to garner the attention of two schools and once more programs find out the tough football prospect can leave this spring, more should follow suit.

" Idaho has offered me and Arizona State and Portland State have both been showing me interest," Alford noted.

As a prep at Bishop Alemany (Inglewood, Ca.) High School, Alford put up big numbers, but he went overlooked during the recruiting process.

"I definitely felt like I was overlooked," Alford said. "I had the film and the grades (to get noticed), but I did make the change to safety when I got to Long Beach because I played linebacker (in high school). 

"I had heard about Long Beach during my senior year. They were making some serious noise at the time -- I think they were ranked number two during the 2015 season -- so I had decided I was going to attend Long Beach. It turned out that Coach (Brett) Peabody already knew who I was because he says he watched one of my games during my junior year when I attended Redondo Union."

Alford is a good student and can leave in May, but if not, he said he's got no qualms about returning for his sophomore season at LBCC.

"If the opportunity is right I will leave this spring, but if I have to I will return to Long Beach and then sign in December," Alford added.

If he chooses to leave this spring, Alford will have four years to play three starting this fall.

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