Alex Labenow | Gar-Field High School | DE | 2024

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Q: Tell us about your high school career and what the recruiting process has been like thus far. 

A:  I am rising freshman and have not scouted that I know of to date.


Q: When did you receive your first offer and what school was it from? How many offers have you received thus far? 

A:  This does not apply to me as of yet. I have not yet played a high school football game.


Q: What would you consider to be your biggest accomplishment in your sports career so far?

A:  My biggest accomplishment in my sports career so far has been the year I won a defensive player of the year award from my team.


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:  One of the more important things that I have learned from the coaching staff while playing football is how to make myself a better player and teammate.


Q: What have you learned during this unique time in 2020? What did you focus on or accomplish during Quarantine?

A:  During Quarantine I have been working up to my goal of bike riding up to 25 miles, increasing my leg strength and endurance.  I have also been taking an online class to help me get ahead in school.


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:  If I could play in college, I would choose to major in sports management.  My plans if football doesn’t work out are to become a football coach of some sort.


Q: What would your current teammates say about you and your qualities?

A: My current teammates would say that I am hardworking leader and my qualities include being supportive of my teammates and encouraging them to strive for their best.  They would also say that I am a much smarter defensive player than offensive, but that doesn’t take away from my skill.


Q: What has been one of the most memorable plays of your career so far?

A: When I was playing outside linebacker for a travel team.  I made an interception and ran it back almost 90 yards, scoring a touchdown.


Q: What has been your biggest challenge and how do you manage it?

A:  My biggest challenge has been going from an “8-play” player to a leader on the team.  I didn’t let anyone stop me or pull my attention but kept working on my game. 


Q: If you could compare yourself to a collegiate or pro athlete, who would that be and why?

A:  I would compare myself to Sam Mills.  I’ve always been undersized, played with a chip on my shoulder, I never stop coming and I keep on pounding. 


Q: What is your biggest strength and why should college coaches & scouts consider you?

A:  My biggest strength is that I am the ultimate team player.  To date I’ve played 21 out of the 22 positions on the field. If there is something my team needs, I’m there, just ask.


Q: Are you involved in mentoring, a charity or do you “give back”/”pay it forward” in your community?

A:  Yes.  In my community I offer myself as a big brother to younger kids.  I provide leadership and companionship to them and help them develop into their best selves.


Q: How are you preparing for the 2020 High School National Scouting Combine and what are your goals for the combine?

A:  I have been training for the current season and the combine.   I have been working on cardio, agility, strength, and core training.  This training has included working with my teammates and on my own.  As this is my first combine, my goals are to work hard, compete, set the bar high, and get feedback on areas to improve my skills.


Q: What would be your ultimate achievement? 

A:  My ultimate achievement would be having the greatest impact on my community by playing the sport I love for a long, long time.


Q: What do you enjoy doing when not playing football? Do you play other sports? 

A:  I enjoy playing video games and playing outside with my friends.  I also play basketball, run track, swim competitively, and have played soccer.


Q: Who is or has been the most influential person in your life? 

A:  The most influential people in my life are my parents.  My mom always provided me with emotional support and unconditional love.  My dad has provided me with tough love and pushes me to be my best.


Q: What is something unique about you that people would find interesting?

A:   I really like to read and will often stay up very late at night so I can finish the book I’m reading.