Kosciusko (MS) High School senior center John Paul Alford, a verbal commitment to Mississippi State,…
Alford Enjoying Early Season Success
In Kosciusko's three wins they have outscored their opponents 148 to 17. "We won 53-0 this past Friday night," said Alford. "I feel good about the season. We played really well last week. The week before we didn't come prepared to play and we got beat. We fixed that last week and we're looking forward to the rest of the season. We play at Caledonia this week." Alford had been sidelined by an injury the first few weeks of the season, but the talented center is back in action. "I am doing really well," said John Paul. "I just got over a sprained knee. I was ready to play against Louisville two weeks ago, but it was a non-region game. They held me out because they wanted me to play in the region games. I did well. I graded out at 90% and I had seven or eight pancake blocks. We were playing so well, I only played two-and-a-half quarters." John Paul made his college decision a few months back. Since making his commitment all other schools have moved on to other prospects. "The only school that has called me is Mississippi State," said Alford. I think that everyone else has decided to lay off. I guess they all know that I am going to be a Bulldog. I have been to both of Mississippi State's home games. I really like it up there and I am really looking forward to getting up there." Alford admits that he is a little surprised to see the Bulldogs off to a 3-1 start. He believes the early season success is a sign of great things to come. "They are playing really well and that is really exciting," said John Paul. "I think they have turned the corner. Coach Croom told me that this year they are going to turn the corner and go to a bowl game. I truly believe that they will." The surprise win at Auburn caught the eye of college football fans around the country. John Paul believes the win is proof positive his college of choice is moving forward. "Winning that game just tells me that Coach Croom and the staff up there knows what they are doing," said Alford. "It's taken a little while, but I believe they have everything headed in the right direction now."
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