Dekok Brings Agility and Grades to Table

What Alex Dekok lacks in size, he certainly makes up for in speed and agility. The 6-2, 270-pound offensive tackle for the College of the Canyons (COC) Cougars is part of a smaller, but certainly tough and fast offensive line.

"We are definitely not a big team up front on our offensive line, but we're fast and execute very well as a team," says Dekok.

The Burbank, California native carries a 3.0 GPA and is currently preparing to return for his second and final year at COC with plans to graduate with an associates degree in history in the spring of 2007.

The nineteen-year-old Dekok was born in Burbank, but spent most of his childhood in Valentia, California attending Saugus High School, where he starred at both football and track and field. 

In fact, Dekok was faced with a difficult decision upon graduation as far as which direction he would take given the opportunities for football at several JCs, not to mention a track and field scholarship offer from Cal State-Northridge.

But in the end, Dekok chose football and COC and in never-look-back fashion, is happy with his decision and school choice.

"I really like it here. It's close to home for one thing and it's a smaller campus with fewer students, which allows a better teacher-student atmosphere," Dekok said. "The other factor was they have a great sports program here and given they won the 2004 Football championship, I think made my decision a little easier too."

Dekok had a respectable 2005 season with COC, and was voted to the California All-State Team after his freshman year with the Cougars, who under the direction of head coach Chuck Lyons, posted a 12-1 record  in the Western State Conference.

Dekok will have two years of D1 eligibility remaining after this season. He's certainly a marketable player who, amazingly enough, has only been recruited by the University of Utah. But Dekok hopes that list will expand after this coming fall. Regardless of where he ends up his goal is to someday teach history.

"I do hope to have another good season here and show people what I can do," says Dekok. "Hopefully there will be some prospects waiting for me when I graduate from COC."


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