Every Friday, SEC Country will introduce a lesser-known recruit in the Southeast as part of a weekly spotlight series. This week’s Friday Night Spotlight is on Deaundre Alford, an athlete out of Spalding High School in Griffin, Ga.
- Name: Deaundre Alford
- High School: Spalding
- Position: ATH
- Ranking: Unranked
- Offers: N/A
- Class: 2016
Deaundre Alford has done it all for Spalding (7-1) this season — he’s flashed at cornerback, safety, slot receiver and as a returner on special teams.
In fact, the 5-foot-9, 155-pound senior leads all of region 4-AAAA with six interceptions and has been a key cog on defense for Spalding thus far. And surprisingly enough, this is the first year he’s played high school football.
Alford, who transferred to Spalding from Griffin High School (Ga.) last year, had been a basketball player through and through. He shined at guard for three years prior to transferring, and he hadn’t played a single down of football since middle school. That all changed when coach Nick Davis approached him this past spring.
Davis knew of Alford’s athleticism and convinced him to come out during the spring. Alford started out at quarterback before switching to defensive back, where he’s played an integral part in the secondary’s success.
“The hardest thing was adjusting to the skill level of other players,” Alford told SEC Country. “Middle school and high school football are totally different.”
But Alford’s skill set from basketball paved the way for a somewhat smooth transition. His footwork and conditioning gave off the impression that he’d played football for four years instead of one, making him a perfect fit at defensive back.
Coach Davis isn’t surprised by Alford’s success, either. He knew he was a good athlete, and he’s hopeful other schools will notice, too.
“He flew low on the radar because we didn’t have any film on him during the spring,” Davis told SEC Country.
“We knew during spring ball he was going to be a good athlete and a good player, but we just didn’t have any film on him.”
Davis said schools such as Troy, Jacksonville University and Georgia Southern have all shown interest. He’s confident Alford will receive an offer before it’s all said and done.
“It’s kind of hard only playing one year of high school football,” Alford said. “It’s made it hard for me to get my name out.”
Spalding has a play-in game against Eagle’s Landing (6-3) on Friday.