LOREAUVILLE - Despite that fact that Zy Alexander missed almost his entire junior season at Loreauville, he’s been able to pocket his first football scholarship offer from Southeastern Louisiana.
“I had been talking with coach (Tarence) Calais for a long time,” Alexander said. “He saw how good a player I am and decided to offer me.”
Alexander was forced to the sidelines after suffering an injury in week two versus Lafayette Christian Academy.
“I broke my collarbone,” said Alexander, a prep quarterback who projects as an athlete on the next level. “Instead of running out of bounds, I tried to make something happen.
“One of their players came up behind me and hit me. I’ve been getting better with recovering my strength. I’ve been working in the weight room and training to get stronger.”
The injury was to Alexander’s left side, his throwing side as a southpaw.
“Most colleges are recruiting me as a defensive back,” the 6-3, 180-pounder said. “Southern Miss likes me as a receiver. I’m looking to play free safety in college as of right now, but other things might happen to change that.”
In addition to Southeastern and Southern Miss, Alexander is getting attention from Memphis and Louisiana Tech.
Alexander’s cousin, former Loreauville great Rhashid Bonnette, graduated from Louisiana Tech this year after a productive career on the gridiron and in the classroom.
“Roddy and I are very close,” said Alexander of his cousin, who will play for McNeese State as a graduate transfer this upcoming season. “My mom and his mom are sisters. We go to the field sometimes where he teaches me some things, and I carry that with me.
“When things get tough, you have to keep your head up and keep pounding forward. That’s pretty much what he tells me. He’s the first person in my family to go to college and play ball. He’s a role model and I look up to him.”
The leadoff hitter for Loreauville’s powerhouse baseball team, Alexander helped the Tigers to the Class 2A state championship as a sophomore and a runner-up finish this spring.
“Our Southern Miss commit, Michael Latulas, and I tied for the lead in home runs with five,” said Alexander, who doesn’t plan to play baseball in college.
Alexander batted .364 with an on-base percentage of well over .500. He was also perfect on the base paths.
“I stole a base in every game,” he said. “We played some schools that had college commits at catcher, and I wanted to test them.”
Right now, however, his only focus is on the gridiron.
Since I really only played one game last year, I have it on my mind to come out and show out every game,” Alexander said.
“I’ll be ready this year. We’re staying humble and working hard.”