Heritage linebacker Chase Alford is on track to maintain his family’s amazing legacy in both athletics and academics.
Alford, the youngest of three siblings, is one of the state’s top college football prospects for 2013 and will be featured in Heritage’s game against Rockdale County at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. The game will be televised live on WSB-TV’s digital channel 2.2 and on wsbtv.com, while the replay will be shown on regular WSB-TV Channel 2 at 1:08 a.m. on Friday night. (Here’s the direct website link)
Back to the Alford family:
Perhaps the most impressive feat is that both Corey and Callie graduated from Heritage with never making below an A in a class. Chase, 16, is carrying on the family tradition there, too, maintaining a perfect 4.0 GPA a month into his junior year of high school.
What about Chase in football? “He’s a stud,” Heritage coach Chad Frazier said. “He simply makes play after play. Chase is better than Corey was at the same age, and Corey was a really good football player for us.”
The 6-foot-1, 230-pound Alford is the leading tackler for Heritage (3-0), including 12 in last week’s game. He is waiting for his first college offer, but has generated serious interest from many SEC and ACC schools.
“I really like Auburn a lot; I’ve been there a few times and I will probably go to a game or two there this fall,” Alford said. “I like FSU. I’ve been to Georgia Tech a lot, with my brother playing there and everything.”
What about playing at Georgia Tech with his brother? “I haven’t thought about that much because he’d be a senior when I’m a freshman in college. But playing with him or against him at another ACC school would be pretty crazy. That would be awesome.”
And what about continuing the family’s streak for all-A report cards? “Blame my brother for that,” Chase said with a laugh. “He sort of set the standard for the rest of us.”
UPDATE: Alford was the star of Heritage’s 41-0 win over Rockdale County. He had a caused fumble that he recovered, and intercepted a pass. He also lined up a tight end and caught a touchdown pass.
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