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Alex Sturn wanted to combine his two main interests – college football and engineering. And he thinks he found a place where he can do both, the South Dakota School of Mines in Rapid City, …
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Alex Sturn wanted to combine his two main interests – college football and engineering. And he thinks he found a place where he can do both, the South Dakota School of Mines in Rapid City, South Dakota.
The Frederick High School senior signed his letter of intent Feb. 2, the first day high-school athletes can declare their choice of college.
“South Dakota Mines has something special brewing for football,” he said. “I also want to be an engineer, so a school of mines is a really good fit for me. And I know they'll be able to set me up for success. I also want to get out of the state and experience new things.”
Sturn visited the campus twice, once for a football camp/school visit in the summer and once for an unofficial visit in the fall.
“Everything about the place just felt right. I was really blown away,” he said. “After being out there – even the first time – I knew that would be a place I wanted to go.”
Three other schools were in touch with Sturn.
“But I didn't complain, because there’s nowhere else I would've wanted to go,” he said.
Sturn wants to study metallurgical engineering. But his post-college plans are up in the air.
“As far as after college I couldn't tell you an exact career,” he said, “because my goal is to be in the NFL come graduation time.”
The Warriors were 9-2 this season. Sturn caught 13 passes for 228 yards and three touchdowns. He also made 36 tackles, 10 of which were assisted efforts.
“Recruiting was definitely tough. Scholarships were halved, and so it was much tougher to receive offers,” Sturn said. “It also prevented coaches from visiting me due to COVID. However, everything happens for a reason, and had it not been for COVID, who knows where I'd be?”
Sturn is ready to move forward.
“I'm super excited to get out there and get to work,” he said. “I can't really put into words how I feel about having the chance to play at the next level. It's really surreal. I am nervous about registering – little more complex than high school – just trying not to miss anything.
“I'd also like to thank my family, teammates, and coaches from high school,” he concluded. “I wouldn't be here without them. They all pushed to be my best self, and that gave me the opportunity to play at the next level. I'd also like to thank my new coaches for believing that I have what it takes to play at the next level. Now it's time to prove it.
“I can't wait to be a Hardrocker.”
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