Alex Stuart Can't Wait

Alex Stuart Can't Wait

Alex Stuart, 6'3, 285 pound offensive guard from Oak Ridge (Tenn.) spoke about signing with Middle Tennessee State as a part of the signing class of 2008. He talked about why he chose the Raiders and why he can't wait to get on campus.

Alex Stuart said of Middle Tennessee State, "The atmosphere there was awesome. The coaches were great. It just felt like home."

He also spoke of the chance to play early as a deciding factor in his decision. He commented, "I know I am coming in and I know a lot of coaches say you have a chance to play, but I know I really have a chance to play there early."

In order to show his desire to play he reported, "I workout two times a day and split up the workouts, I run one half of the day and then workout real hard the second half of the day." He went on to say, "I bench around 380 pounds, I squat around 550 pounds."

As far as what he will miss from his high school days he said, "I'm going miss Friday nights. It's the one day shops close down and they all come to see you."

He went on to say what he will miss from Oak Ridge, "Walking down the stairs at Blankenship because there's not a feeling like it. All the little kids pat you on the shoulder as you walk down; I know I did that when I was kid, that's just a big tradition at Oak Ridge."

Stuart explained of his skills, "I'm a big guy and I can move very well. For my size I'm very athletic. I think I can help them out because they are going to be running the zone next year."

In his career he commented on his goals by saying, "I want to be all Sun Belt and be the best player I can be." He will have his chance to work on that goal very soon. Stuart reported, "I report July 6th and we go to camp in late August. I'm going to work out and take a math class down there."

He also spoke of his relationship with his future teammates. He said, "I talk Brent Burnette, quarterback from Maryville High School, Travis Lilienthal, from Riverdale High School, and Brandon McLeroy from Rhea County. We're rooming together next year because we are the only Tennessee guys in the recruiting class and we bonded real well." He added, "I talked to Brent and all of them and they can't wait."

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