While I was walking around the Lobo 7 on 7 and
Trenches Camp, a few people told Rudy C and myself to go check out the
Rancho O-lineman that is working out he is pretty good and a young guy.
Matt Ramondo was out there as well, so Rudy and I headed out there.
Immediately Mayfield’s Matt Ramondo caught my eye.
is a monster and just getting better every time I see him. Obviously he
been ‘doing work’ all summer long.
“I’m here,” says the 6’4 272 Ramondo. “I just got
Arizona, where I was named the MVP at the D-line, I’ll probably hit
and the Top 100 later this summer.”
told me he wasn’t planning on making a decision any
time soon as he would like to weigh his options. This is his second
time to UNM
in as many months, so I asked him what is it about UNM? “I really like
coaches,” says Ramondo. “Who wouldn’t want to take the opportunity to
Coach (Rubin) Carter? The guy is a legend.”
Obviously the hard work is paying off as Ramondo
from New Mexico, NMSU, Michigan State, and recently Arizona.
Perhaps the work with Coach Carter is rubbing off
was working and coaching a big kid in Rio Rancho helmet and jersey…
Rudy C says, “That
has to be the guy those other dudes were telling us about.”
We just watched the kid who is his entire 6’6”
The next thing I noticed is the dude has some of the longest arms I’ve
“That has to be the guy,” said Rudy C. Something seemed weird though.
Ramondo had his coaching hat on as he was showing the kid all kinds of
defensive technique and the young man was really attentive trying to
Physically he belonged but his feet seemed to get
and he wasn’t figuring out how to slide or use his physical strength to
I ran over to the Rio Rancho coaching staff and
asked who is
Alex Aluvitan (I’m not 100% sure this is the
spelling of his last name.).” I said he looks big but doesn’t seem to
confident in all he does. “Well this is his very first year playing
He has never played a game, but look at his size. We as a coaching
to get in there and teach him how to be a football player.”
Well is it to early to ask about him? “No, he just
and we worked with some tackling dummies earlier this spring, so we
let’s bring him out to OL/DL camp and see how stands up, “said one of
coaches. “We put him with the D-line so he could work with Coach
guy is a legend and we figured who better to learn from. Also, I think
cool the way the other kid (Matt Ramondo) is working with him.”
What do you know about his game thus far? “He is
but what I like about him right away is that he is aggressive.
Sometimes with a
big man you don’t see that. Sounds weird but sometimes that is the way
“said a member of the staff. “He is just so raw though.”
You mind if I talk to him, I asked? “Sure,” they
me know if he has anything interesting to say?
TRM: Alex, this is your first year of football?
TRM: Why did you wait so long?
AA: I was lazy
TRM: What do you think about the game?
AA: I’m really having a lot of fun and I like it.
is a learning experience. It is a challenge just trying to figure
TRM: What do you consider the strength of your
AA: I don’t know what my strengths are. I’m trying
I ran back to the Rio Rancho coaching staff and
said, Yeah he
had some really good stuff to say. He is a good kid, he isn’t cocky,
understands he has to put in a lot of work this summer and in the fall.
staff couldn’t but have big grins on their faces. Talk about a gift!
monster with ability and asking to be coached…