April 30, 2012

Tech looking to find quarterback depth immediately with McAlindon





SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- With the sudden departure of backup Nick Isham and starter Colby Cameron being in his final year, quarterback became a position in need of urgent depth. Offensive coordinator Tony Franklin looks to have gone back to California to find that depth in 6'5" 215 lbs. Andy McAlindon.

McAlindon did not draw any interests out of high school due to the style of offense his team ran so he decided to go play at American River C.C. where he showed off his potential at the quarterback position.

"I played at Serra High School in San Mateo, California, and I ran a wing-T offense that didn't really highlight what I do," said McAlindon. "Obviously I didn't get any attention from any other schools because of that so I went to junior college."

This past year as a freshman McAlindon put up gawdy numbers, even breaking the American River all-time record for career touchdown passes at 32 in just nine games with 36. He also threw for over 2800 yards and had only 8 interceptions.

Coach Franklin's contact led to a visit to Louisiana Tech by McAlindon this past weekend.

"Really cool," said McAlindon about the visit. "I got a tour of the entire campus, got to hang out with some of the guys on the team. Coach Franklin and Coach Dykes talked to me, showed me around, talked football and about what Tech's like."

The lengthy trip from California to Louisiana is one that has been made by many Bulldogs, like Cameron. This was seen as a definite plus for the QB.

"Definitely," said McAlindon about the comfort of having other players from the same state. "That's something I got over the weekend in talking to those guys from California. They explained to me how it is a different way of life, and the culture down in Ruston which I got to see. I think I can see myself there."

The Bulldogs are the only school after his services right now and they want him to come in immediately for the class of 2012. He has one year left at American River C.C. if he wants to stay, but he was fully qualified out of high school so he can leave early he if so chooses. The Tech coaches are hoping for the latter.

"Talking with my parents and hearing what they think about everything, that's ultimately who I'll listen to most, and if I can see myself playing at Tech and making the move there," said Huff. "I'll probably make a decision within the next day or two."



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