Linebacker Aaron Alonzo Has The Tools

Fleet footed linebackers are all the rage across the country in college football and one of the fastest in the SoCal junior college ranks this fall just might be 6-1, 233-pound Cerritos College linebacker - Aaron Alonzo. 

He was a full-qualifier out of high school, but he didn't see a lot of interest from four-year schools and decided the JC route was the best way to go.  Now, he's hearing from several schools and some offers could be just around the corner.

"When I was a senior at Mayfair High School (Lakewood, Ca.) I didn't get a lot of looks from schools," Alonzo told  "San Jose State and Colorado State were the ones talking to me the most and Occidental College was sending me a lot of stuff, but I didn't have any offers.

"I also had to wait on qualifying because the Clearinghouse didn't clear me right away.  I finally did, but it was too late.  It's okay though because I've done well here and I expect big things this fall."

As a senior at Mayfair, Alonzo racked up 133 tackles and six sacks on defense, while also carrying the ball 20 times for 200 yards and three touchdowns.

"I didn't play a lot on offense, but when they needed me they stuck me in there," Alonzo said with a laugh.  "Last year, I don't remember my stats, but in the last two games I had over 30 tackles (the final game he had 15 stops including 11 solo tackles).

"I didn't start at the beginning of the year because we had some good linebackers, but the middle guy got hurt and they moved me into there and I did pretty well.  Then, we had one of our outside guys get hurt and they slid me out there.  I'm pretty versatile with my speed and strength."

Is he ever?  Alonzo runs a legit 4.6 forty and benches 355 pounds and also has a 33 inch vertical.

"I think my strength as a linebacker is that I'm quicker than most of the guys who play my position," Alonzo said.  "I run pretty well and I use my smarts to read the play.  My intelligence is an asset for me."

On the recruiting front, Alonzo hasn't seen any offers yet, but three schools have really been pouring it on.

"Utah is showing me a lot of love right now," Alonzo said.  "Boise State and Oregon are both sending me a lot of stuff too.  I get stuff from all of them almost every day.  They would have to be the ones recruiting me the hardest."

Two other schools Alonzo mentioned were Arizona State and San Jose State.

"Wherever I go, it has to be about the coaches and the atmosphere," Alonzo said.  "I'm a pretty laid-back type of a guy.  I'm not really that hyper, although I am when I need to be, but basically I'm pretty laid back, and I want coaches who are intense, but know how to talk to their players and get the most out of them.

"I also need to feel comfortable in the surrounding area and the program has to be a good one."

Alonzo will graduate with his degree in December and will have three years to play two at the next level.  He's undecided on a major, but is leaning towards a History or Marketing degree.


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