In the span of a week, Little Cypress-Mauriceville athlete Alex Sezer went from a complete unknown in the recruiting world, to becoming Texas A&M’s 21st commitment for the class of 2013 early this morning.
Sezer recorded a 4.24 and a 4.30 forty earlier this spring.
After displaying his explosiveness, recording a 4.41 forty yard dash, and athleticism in front of Kevin Sumlin's staff at the Aggie’s satellite camp last Sunday, the 5-foot-10, 180-pounder got some exciting news later the next week.
“Everything happened so fast,” Sezer said. “I wasn’t expecting all this to happen so it’s been a whirlwind.”
Yesterday, Sezer and his father took their first trip to College Station together. They toured the campus, met with academic advisors and sat down with the A&M staff. While they were both impressed with all that A&M has to offer, it was the sincerity of the coaching staff that really sold them on the program.
“The coaches weren’t just telling me what I wanted to hear but they were really sincere,” he said. “They want guys who will come in and work and get the job done. I’ll be coming in there to play corner and I’ll also be on kickoff and punt return teams. Coach Sumlin said that we’ll just see how it goes when I get there. It all depends on how fast I pick up the system but he said the best players will play. A redshirt is always a possibility but that’s ok because that gives me more time for my education.”
After returning home last night, Sezer went to the LC-M football stadium by himself. There he reminisced about his young career and where he was headed.
“I went there to give thanks in a way,” he said. “That was where it all started. I just sat there, prayed a little bit, went home, went to sleep and then I woke up with my mind made up. I thought to myself, this is what I wanted to do, this was the decision I wanted to make. I don’t care what’s out there. Whoever else wanted to come into the picture, it really didn’t matter at that point because I was sold on A&M.”
Sezer, who rushed for 580 yards in five games before missing the majority of the 2011 season due to a deep bone bruise, explains what he feels the coaches saw in him last Sunday.
“Speed was the number one thing but through the drills I showed the ability to plant and drive,” he said. “I caught a couple of interceptions. That was all great but then Coach Sumlin went out to the community, talked to people from my high school, talked to my coaches and others close to me. Once he found out what kind of kid I was, that’s what sold him. He told me he liked my work ethic, my smile, just out there having fun with it. Also, my grades. He wants guys who will come in and work.”
Not only is Sezer the team captain for LC-M but he’s also a leader in the classroom. Currently, he sits number two in his class and will graduate in December. He’s narrowed his major down to three different engineering focuses.
“I’ll be going into petroleum, mechanical or chemical engineering at A&M,” he said. “I’m confident that I can balance being a student athlete along with my major. The academic advisors said the toughest part was just getting adjusted. I’ll have the brains to do it. I’m actually trying to get my masters by the time I’m done at A&M. There’s so many opportunities with A&M. For me not to be successful, I’ll have to not want to be successful.”
The humble senior-to-be couldn’t help but thank his family for this opportunity.
“I just want to thank my parents and God for this opportunity,” he said. “It’s been a journey but everything in my life is coming into place now. All the hard work is paying off. Things didn’t happen the way I thought they would.”
A lot of times when an under-the-radar type of player like Sezer commits to a school like A&M, many other top programs start to inquire. The Golden Triangle native gives insight on how he plans to deal with any sudden interest from other schools.
“I’ll pick up the phone,” he said. “There were a lot of schools I was talking with for track so I’ll pick up the phone and let them know I’m committed to A&M.”
The sub 4.4 speedster, who was a state qualifier in the 100 and 200 meters, plans on starting both ways next season.