RED SPRINGS — There is mixed emotions for Ron Alexander knowing he will be a part of the first football team that St. Andrews University fields in over 60 years come August 2017, but the Red Springs running back is ready to continue to play at the next level.
The Knight will have their first team to get back on the gridiron since the 1950’s and Alexander knows that every stat, good or bad, will be something that will go down in the history of the program in its first season back.
“It kind of scares me,” Alexander said. “The first carry is going to be history. The first touchdown is going to be history. Any mistake I make might be history. But I’m ready for it.
“It’s a unique opportunity where Ron gets to be a part of something extra special where its the first time (in over 60 years) that St. Andrews is going to have a football program,” Red Springs coach Ron Cook said.
Alexander said that he was one of the first players that coach David Harper reached out to during the recruiting process in the few weeks since being hired on March 9.
“It shows that he really wanted me,” Alexander said. “I went there a few times and each time I went there I felt like I was at home.”
Cook sent Alexander’s tape over to the coaching staff right after hearing word of the new program and said they responded within a day. He feels that his running back’s skill set works great for the scheme the Knight plan on implementing.
“They told him that they will probably run the option offense which I think fits Ron perfectly because it puts him on the outside right away and run the ball and use his speed,” Cook said.
Alexander led the Red Devils in rushing with over 1,100 yards this past season and added 11 touchdowns.
“It’s great opportunities for other kids coming up that they get to see you can come here and have a opportunity in college no matter where it is,” Cook said.
With essentially a redshirt year for the upcoming academic year as the program will continue to build up to its 2017 starting point, Alexander plans to adjust to the rigors of college academics as well as get himself physically ready to play.
“All I’m going to do is train and get ready for it and focus on class,” he said. “I feel like I need that (one year).”
With offers from Averett University, North Carolina Wesleyan and West Virginia Wesleyan, going to college less than 30 minutes away from home was something he didn’t consider too much until getting in contact with St. Andrews.
“I was thinking that Averett was a good fit and then St. Andrews came calling,” he said. “I loved it, and it’s close to home.
“My mom wanted to come to my games so I thought I guess I could stay close to home.”
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