August 21, 2013

Alessi on the Spartan radar

One of the in-state players that could see his recruiting stock rise significantly over the next few weeks is Jason Alessi of Birmingham Brother Rice High School. The safety prospect has recently picked up a couple of scholarship offers and Michigan State is taking a serious look at him. Spartanmag.com has the details.

This past weekend Michigan State hosted several prospects on campus for an unofficial visit. One of the players in attendance was Alessi. The 6-foot-0, 180-pound Alessi is currently committed to play lacrosse at the University of Michigan, but the chance to play Big Ten football might be too good to pass up. We spoke with Alessi about what has been going on with his recruitment.

“It's going well,” he said “I have been offered by Cornell And most recently Air Force as well. I'm trying to get the word out that I'm trying to play football in college because I think most schools didn't look at me because they saw I was committed to Michigan for lacrosse. Hopefully I get some more interest from other schools.”

If Alessi decides to switch his commitment from lacrosse to football he will not be the first prospect to do so. Current Ohio State linebacker commitment Sam Hubbard was at one point committed to Notre Dame for lacrosse. Penn state linebacker commitment Troy Reeder was originally committed to North Carolina. The Fighting Irish and Tar Heels are two of the top lacrosse programs in the nation, but the chance to play football at the highest level is a strong draw.

We asked Alessi about the potential to play football at the highest level for a BCS school.

“I would for sure really consider it, he said. “I don't want to look back on high school and be like 'what if I tried to pursue football.”

Alessi is familiar with Michigan State University due to having some family and friends that attended there. This past weekend he was able to learn more about the football program. He spoke with is about his time on campus.

It went really well. It was awesome to see the facilities at a big time D1 program look like. They told me that they will look at my first couple games from this year and then they will make a decision on me. The opportunity to play at a school like Michigan State would be unreal and very hard to turn down.

Based on the current commitments and the offers still out, it looks as if the Spartans would like to add 1 more safety prospect to the class of 2014. The Spartans staff will be looking forward to seeing the early season game film of Alessi in action. We asked Alessi how the team is shaping up for 2013 and the goal for the season.

“The team is looking great,” he stated. “We had a solid first week of practice and are moving in the right direction getting ready for St. Ignatius week 1. We want to send coach Fracassa out on a good note by winning the state championship that would be great.

As many know, Brother Rice head Coach Al Fracas is stepping down after this season. The 80-year old Fracassa is the 6th winningest coach in high schools football history and has a career record of 416-117-7 record with 9 state championships.

If the Warriors are going to win another championship, Alessi will certainly be a big part of the reason. Last year in the state title game against Muskegon, Alessi accounted for 14-tackels and returned a kickoff for a touchdown in the 35-28 victory.
Opening the season against Ohio powerhouse St Ignatius is not going to be an easy task, however it is great to see these two traditional powerhouse programs get together.Rivals.com and Spartanmag.com will be covering that game and have all the details.

We will be sure to keep in contact with Alessi in the coming weeks. As you can see by his highlight video, Alessi is a playmaker in the secondary and he has exceptional speed. In addition to football and lacrosse, Alessi is also an excellent basketball player. He is easily one of the best all-around athletes in the state of Michigan for the class of 2014. The only question now is what sport he will be playing at the next level.


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