Alfred Darlington | The Avalon School | OL | 2021
Twitter: @ADarlington55 | Instagram: @_5ive5
Q: Tell us about your high school career and what the recruiting process has been like thus far.
A: I started playing football my freshman year but was always a football fan since 5th grade but i got better as I continued to play. The recruiting process for me has been a long and patient ride but I’m up for it, I’m just going to stay down until it’s time to come up.
Q: When did you receive your first offer and what school was it from? How many offers have you received thus far?
A: I received my first and only offer from Delaware State University
Q: What would you consider to be your biggest accomplishment in your sports career so far?
A: Receiving All District Offensive Lineman, going 15-0 twice, starting in varsity since sophomore year, and winning a state Championship in 2017.
Q: What do you consider to be one of the more important things you learned from the coaching staff while playing at your school?
A: I learned that winning takes more than talent is takes dedication, hard work, good practices, good energy, good coaching, and team effort.
Q: What have you learned during this unique time in 2020? What did you focus on or accomplish during Quarantine?
A: 2020 taught me that anything can happen at any time so you need to be ready, so you won’t have to get ready later on and use what you got for your advantage never stop grinding. I focus on fixing my stance and my technique during the Quarantine and contacting more college coaches.
Q: If you could play in college, what would you choose to major in? What are your plans if football doesn’t work out?
A: My major would be Information Technology or computer science and if football doesn’t work, I would like to get certified with IT programming so I can get a job in the IT field.
Q: What would your current teammates say about you and your qualities?
A: They would say that I’m Goofy dude off the field but on the field, I’m locked in always pushing myself I’m a big dude with good technique and a good pace.
Q: What has been one of the most memorable plays of your career so far?
A: Was when I had to down block this long, tall 5-star DE from Chantilly and we, Westfield at the time, were on the goal line. I had an idea on how to beat him off the ball cause he is more active with his hands and his get offs is not that fast so i successfully down blocked him and was so excited because had just scored on that play and I stared flexing on them and he pat my helmet and told me “good work big fella”.
Q: What has been your biggest challenge and how do you manage it?
A: My biggest challenge is my left-hand stance and playing against defenders with long arms. I do more reps on my left to improve and I do more hand drills so i can fight against defenders with longer arms.
Q: If you could compare yourself to a collegiate or pro athlete, who would that be and why?
A: I compare my game to Quenton Nelson because he plays with some anger, nastiness, and disrespect just like how I do.
Q: What is your biggest strength and why should college coaches & scouts consider you?
A: My biggest strength is that I’m a quick learner, I can learn plays within the first two days and I’m a very hard worker, you tele what to do and I’ll do it and give you 100% every time.
Q: Are you involved in mentoring, a charity or do you “give back/pay it forward” in your community?
A: Yes. I refereed youth Basketball on the weekends during the winter break.
Q: How are you preparing for the 2020 High School National Scouting Combine and what are your goals for the combine?
A: I have team workouts that focus on combine drills and position drills and my goal for the combine is to be the best offensive lineman there.
Q: What would be your ultimate achievement?
A: All Met and Power 5 Offer
Q: What do you enjoy doing when not playing football? Do you play other sports?
A: i edit photos and videos, listen to music, play video games, and play pickup basketball
Q: Who is or has been the most influential person in your life?
A: my sister, she is very smart and successful and now she happy with her own family living good I want to be like her and I look up to her.
Q: What is something unique about you that people would find interesting?
A: Not really an open person but once I open up I’m real goofy and fun to be around.
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