Q and A with Catalina Foothills running back Vince Alentado
AZ Daily News
Catalina Foothills’ Vince Alentado recently accepted an offer to play Division II college football at Hillsdale College in Michigan.
The 6’0, 200-pound running back, who rushed for 1,046 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior, will receive an academic scholarship and compete for the starting job when he arrives in the fall.
Here’s what Alentado had to say about his pledge to the Chargers:
Q: When did you make your commitment?
A: On the 11th.
Q: Signing Day was in February. Why did you wait until now to sign?
A: I was actually in the middle of wrestling when they wanted me to make my visit, and that’s when they usually offer scholarships, so I had to wait.
Q: How was the visit?
A: It was fun. I got a good glimpse of the team doing their workouts and got a good feel for it.
Q: How did you find out about Hillsdale?
A: They actually called me in December or January, sometime during the winter. And I just kind of looked them up on the internet once they contacted me.
Q: Had you ever heard of Hillsdale before they contacted you?
A: Not at all.
Q: How did Hillsdale found out about you?
A: They got an email from a recruiting service that I was doing.
Q: How did you arrive at your decision?
A: It was a combination of things. The opportunity to play Division 2 football as opposed to Division 3. And a lot of it came down to the sincerity of the coaches and commitment they had to getting me on the team.
Q: What other schools did you consider?
A: College of Wooster, a D3 college that wanted me as a linebacker. Occidental College in Los Angeles. NAU had offered me a walk-on position as a running back, I believe.
Q: Was the recruiting process stressful?
A: Oh yeah definitely. It was really stressful especially having to make the decision. You get to know all these coaches and a lot of the players and then you have to let some of them down when you really don’t want to.
Q: What do you expect out of your freshman year?
A: Well they graduated a running back last year that led the team in career rushing yards, and I know they have three young guys and one other guy they recruited this year. I’d like to be first or second string. I think I can make an impact early.
Q: Will it be difficult being so far away from home?
A: Yes and no. It’ll be difficult I’m sure, but I’ll have a strong supporting family around me with the football team, so I think I’ll be okay. Because there aren’t any Division 2 or 3 schools around here, it was kind of inevitable that I’d go away, so I was expecting it.