After graduation from Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, CA, this history major, scheduled to graduate in June '07 with a 2.9 GPA, wasn't heavily recruited and ended up at COC. "I played a little D-line in high school, but my first love is offensive tackle."
After his first year in college ball, he hit the weight room with a vengeance last spring. "I went from 230 to 270," he said. At 6'2, he may not be tall enough to play D1, but he what he lacks in height he compensates for in speed.
"I run a 5.1 in the 40," he said, "and I think that's what separates from a lot of other players. My offensive line coach has really taught me everything I know about footwork and technique, and he says my speed is my biggest asset on the field."
Another attribute is his sense of balance, which comes in part from nine years of studying jujitsu. "The highest level I achieved was only a green belt, but martial arts definitely taught me a lot about balance."
Dekok has been recruited by D1AA Portland State, receiving several phone calls and having talked to the head coach. The other school actively seeking his talents is D2 Concordia University in St. Paul, MN where he is scheduled to visit in January. "I'd like to stay close to home, but part of me would like to move away, too." He expects to remain on the O-line. "It's more organized than playing defense." He likes "knocking heads," but his favorite play is when he gets to pull "and get a running start." Ultimately, "I'll go to any school willing to pay for my education. I love playing football, but to me, it's also a business. It's my job."
When it comes to inspiration, Dekok only has to look in one direction. His mom's. "Yeah, I'm definitely a momma's boy. She comes to all my games and track meets, and she even makes brownies or chocolate chip cookies when the O-line watches game film during the week. She's always been there for me."
When he's not in the classroom or on the football field, Dekok's passion doesn't stray far. In fact, it stays right on the football field. "I coach a winter league flag football team for kids aged 10 – 13. We're gonna be pretty good."
The same can be said for Alex Dekok.