Fresh off a visit to Charlotte a few weeks ago we were able to see three top teams from the Palmetto State in action. Although his team didn't win it all at the Carolina Panthers 7 on 7 tournament without a doubt the top quarterback prospect in attendance was 2010 Marlboro County High standout Elliott Alford. We caught up with Alford for an update to talk about his recruitment and offseason.
A year ago Alford absolutely tore it up on the gridiron and he talked at length about it with SCPrepNation.com.
"Last year I had 2700 yards passing with 32 touchdowns and 8 interceptions. I had a 71% completion rate too. I rushed for a little over 500 yards and had 10 rushing touchdowns."
One game last season was his most memorable and it pitted him against one of MC's biggest rivals. "Yeah my best game was against Myrtle Beach. I threw for 421 yards and 5 touchdowns. I also ran for another 2 touchdowns on the ground too."
Alford and the Bulldogs faced stiff competition all last season and he talked about some of those battles.
"As far as a team goes I'd say Camden was the toughest, both times we played them. As far as individuals I'd have to say Everett Golson was one of the toughest. One of the Camden linebackers, and Mike Frazier."
His numbers are outstanding without a doubt and Alford is looking to keep that momentum rolling throughout the offseason and heading towards his senior season.
"So far I've been to camps at Clemson and South Carolina. I think I did pretty good at both camps."
In regards to recruiting there are a number of schools showing Alford plenty of interest currently.
"Middle Tennessee is really coming after me pretty hard right now. Probably harder than anybody else right now." Asked if there were any other schools that he felt were interested enough to offer him soon he felt he replied, "Besides MTSU, I'd say East Carolina and Wake Forest maybe."
This offseason as he and the Bulldogs continue to work on their game Alford says there are particular aspects that he's working vehemently to improve on.
"I'm working hard on improving my speed. Also looking off the defense and reading them better than I did last year."
One of Elliott's favorite targets is 2010 WR/CB Jaquan Brantley. The duo's friendship goes back quite some time and Alford talked about why their bond has carried over so well on the football field.
"Well we're good friends on and off the field. We stay in the same neighborhood and we've always played football since we were little so that's a big reason why we have such a good connection on the field."
Looking ahead to college Alford says he's looking at a multitude of factors when trying to make a final decision. Location, education, early playing time, conference strength, coaching staff, and facilities are some of the main points he'll be taking into consideration he says.
Stay tuned to SCPrepNation.com for more updates with Alford as we expect his stock to continue to rise and offers to start coming in for the 2010 standout.
Inside The Numbers...Elliott Alford
Bench press max: 265 pounds
Squat max: 335 pounds
Power clean max: 260 pounds
Fastest 40 time: 4.69 seconds
Pro shuttle: 4.4 seconds
- Alford appears to have grown since being measured at the Scout.com combine in Charlotte in 2008. I'd say he's at least 6'2 and maybe even taller.
- In terms of passing he throws a very good ball. Much better than we remember previously.
- Throws pretty well on the run which is a plus.
- Talking with Scout.com Media Editor Miller Safrit in terms of just physical build he reminds us of former Greenwood High and Appalachian State standout QB Armanti Edwards. Alford doesn't have the wheels that Edwards does but he's mobile enough to avoid trouble and make plays with his legs.
- Right now he's a sure mid-major target. I feel though in the right system he could continue to play QB and excel.
- If his offensive line is strong this season I'd expect him to put up very similar or even better numbers this season.