When he was in the eighth grade, Alex Valles went to Washington D.C. as part of a class trip with his Danvers Middle School classmates. They saw the sights, went to the monuments and got a chance to soak in an abundance of American history.
Never did Valles imagine that he’d be spending his college years back in the nation’s capital — carrying a football along with a heavy course load.
The 17-year-old Danvers High football star committed to Georgetown University on Sunday, where he’ll continue his football career as a running back for the Hoyas.
“I went down on an official visit this past weekend and made the decision (Sunday),” said the 6-foot, 210-pound Valles, a three-year starter for Danvers. “The campus is awesome, the academics are amazing and the team really seems like a family. I really got along with the team, the coaches and the other recruits there.
“I really felt I’ll fit into their plans right away. They said I was one of their top recruits at running back and that I could play early on (as a freshman). I was excited when I heard that.”
Although Georgetown does not give football scholarships, said Valles, he received a very good financial package to attend the school. The Hoyas play in the Patriot League along with Fordham, Holy Cross, Colgate, Lafayette, Bucknell and Lehigh at the FCS (Football Championship Subdivision, formerly Division 1-AA) level.
Having attended the Georgetown football camp in the spring of his junior year, Valles was evaluated by the coaches there, who then saw him on film from this past fall. After a half-dozen games, in which Valles had rushed for 200-plus yards in two of those, he was offered by the Hoyas.
“They told me they really liked my speed and how I lowered my shoulder as a ballcarrier,” said Valles, the Northeastern Conference MVP who rushed for 1,172 yards and 14 touchdowns while leading Danvers to the NEC South title this past season and its first playoff appearance in nine seasons. “They liked how I go through contact and got to the next level. The coaches told me I reminded them of (graduating Georgetown 6-foot, 230-pound senior RB) Nick Campanella.