After a great showing at May Madness, South Salem High School (OR) 2018 recruit Alex Sanchez had nothing much to prove. But he was waiting for an offer to drop and on Friday at the NW Best Showcase the 6'2"- 260 lb. bruiser took full advantage. With over 109 college coaches standing and watching during the linemen session Alex made short work of some damn fine offensive linemen.
He showcased quick feet, great hands, and superior skill and with what appear to be extremely long arms, he separated himself. We all saw it, the coaches saw it, and Portland State Head Coach Bruce Barnum saw what he needed to see. Alex was offered a full ride scholarship and 20 seconds after he came to me for a story.
There is something so great about catching that moment with one of these driven young men. There he was still taking it in answering questions and all I could think of was how his life had just changed. Barnum without effort took Alex from a kid with a dream to a kid with a reality of having his college paid for. He will never go back to the moment before that happened and will always remember it. That was a landmark moment in his life and for the Vikings that may pay dividends!
Can Alex play at the highest levels? Maybe. But his size and frame are maybe best suited for the Big Sky where he can be put to use early on. We love this kids demeanor, respect for others, and lunch-pail operating system. Congrats to he and his Mom and Dad who had a nice moment there as this happened and chatted with us nicely, smiling of course when they realized this had gone down. Sanchez joins the growing list of Oregon's impressive class of 2018 recruits with D1 offers.