Back in December, when Brooke Point product Alex Figueroa signed his letter of intent to attend and play college football at the University of Miami there was a lot to be excited about. While not one of the big names of the 2012 recruiting class, Figueroa came in with a solid resume’ and skill set and looked to be an excellent developmental player.
And so last week when the Hurricanes released their Spring depth chart and Figueroa was listed at the starting SLB some folks were shocked. Not because he can’t play, but to have a freshman listed as a starter is rare. Keep in mind two things. First, Figueroa was an early enrollee, so he’s been on campus since January, putting him ahead of the curve so to speak. Second (and probably more important) is that Hurricanes head coach Al Golden has said that he has a handful of linebackers injured and out for Spring.
But regardless of why he’s at the top of the depth chart, he’s there. And with that he’ll make the most of it. I had a chance to review some highlights of Figueroa from high school and he looks to be the next great Miami linebacker. He is fast and aggressive and plays downhill–finishing plays with authority. Whether or not Figueroa is still at the top of the depth chart in the Fall, I am confident that he is going to make the most of his time this spring to make the most of his opportunity.
If Figueroa can impress enough this spring, Golden will find a place for him whether it’s part of a linebacker rotation or as a star on special teams, because he’s too talented to keep off the field.