Prep football in the northeast is not quite what it is in other parts of the country.
This certainly isn’t news to anyone. The northeast part of the United States is more about basketball than football. Perhaps it’s the weather. I don’t know, but that’s irrelevant anyway.
Even considering its lack of cultural importance, New England still has some intriguing prospects every year. Alexander Officer is proof of that.
The 6’4” 300lb offensive guard from Eastridge Senior High School in Rochester, New York, is one of the top prospects to come out of the northeast this year. Considering he doesn’t play at a powerhouse school in a powerhouse state, Officer is very underrated. Make no mistake, although Officer doesn’t play against elite competition, he has an intriguing skill set.
Officer is an absolutely ferocious blocker. He plays with a nasty demeanor, and it’s clearly evident on film. Officer has remarkable upper body strength, but will need to work on using his legs more on drive blocking. Too often he stands up tall and just wants to push everyone down. That won’t work at the next level. But he’s clearly a talented player, and has an awful lot of potential.
Officer still hasn’t taken any official visits, but he recently just scheduled his first one. Who’s the lucky school? The Pitt Panthers, who are desperately in need of some luck.
The Panthers are struggling to find some consistency this year. They’re coming off two consecutive heartbreaking losses: first a triple overtime loss on the road versus the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, and then a 24-17 loss on the road versus the Connecticut Huskies, where the Panthers scored 17 second half points in their failed desperate comeback attempt.
Officer will be visiting the Panthers the first weekend in December, after Pitt’s season ends. After visiting Pitt, Officer will visit the Louisville Cardinals and possibly the Syracuse Orange as well.
Don’t expect to wait until National Signing Day to learn where Officer will go to school next season. He’s indicated he will make his decision before signing day and after his official visits.
Until then, as I like to say, we’ll continue to play the waiting game.