Meet the Aztecs: Q&A with Alex Barrett

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The 11th in a daily series of Q&A’s with the 2012 signing class.

Alex Barrett is a 6-foot-3, 245-pound defensive end from Mesa, Arizona. He comes to San Diego State after a very successful career at Desert Ridge High School, where he started on both the offensive and defensive line. Barrett was a two-time first-team all-state selection, and he was named to the all-Arizona Super 25 his senior year.

Barrett joins a young defensive line unit that lost three senior starters last year. He is one of four defensive lineman in the 2012 signing class. Although Barrett played both defensive tackle and defensive end in high school, he will likely play end at SDSU. He will wear No. 58 for the Aztecs.

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Q: Why did you choose SDSU?
A: I felt like it was the best program for me, both the school and the team. I felt like I would fit in with the team just fine.

Q: How were the summer workouts for you?
A: The summer workouts went well. I like the way we are working out, both conditioning and lifting. I feel like it’s going to make me better.

Q: Have you picked your major yet?
A: I’m going to major in criminal justice. I don’t really know what I want to do with it yet, that’s too far down the road.

Q: What are you most excited for leading up to your first semester at San Diego State?
A: I’m excited to see what school is going to be like.

Q: What do you like to do during your spare time?
A: I like to watch movies during my spare time. I like all the Marvel Comics movies.

Q: Who are your favorite professional sports teams?
A: I like the San Diego Chargers.

Q: Is there any athlete that you look up to or try to model your game after?
A: I like Antonio Gates and I also like Julius Peppers.

Q: If you weren’t a football player, what sport would you be playing?
A: I would be doing track and field. I competed in shot and discus in high school.

Q: What is your most memorable sports moment from high school?
A: Definitely getting to play in the state championship game my junior year. It was a cool experience playing in the Arizona Cardinals stadium. Also, I had a special education teammate, and in one of our games where we blew out the other team my coach talked to the other coach and he got to run the ball for a play.

Q: How much do you know about the 3-3-5 defense and what about it are you most excited for?
A: I know a little about it right now but I’m studying it. I most excited for the slants. We are moving around a lot so it’s going to be fun.


By Hunter Hewitt

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Meet the Aztecs: Q&A with Jeff Overbaugh

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The ninth in a daily series of Q&A’s with the 2012 signing class.

Jeff Overbaugh is a 6-foot-2, 240-pound long snapper from Anchorage, Alaska. He played at Service High School, where his team had a record of 10-0-1 his senior season. Along with playing long snapper, Overbaugh also saw time at offensive tackle and defensive end during his high school career. He was also a two-time team captain.

Overbaugh is a student of Chris Rubio, a long snapping guru who has coached hundreds of Division 1 long snappers over the past decade. Rubio also coached former San Diego State long snappers Tyler Schmitt and Aaron Brewer. Like Schmitt and Brewer, Overbaugh may be counted on immediately to take over snapping duties for the Aztecs.

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Q: Why did you choose SDSU?
A: Isn’t it obvious? It’s because of the weather.

Q: How were the summer workouts for you?
A: They were great. I found pleasure in the struggle. That’s a Coach Hall quote right there.

Q: Have you picked your major yet?
A: I am going to major in kinesiology. I picked that because it’s a pretty common degree for a coach, and that might be what I want to do after football.

Q: What are you most excited for leading up to your first semester at San Diego State?
A: I’m excited to help San Diego State become a better football team.

Q: What do you like to do during your spare time?
A: I like to long snap. That’s all I do 24/7.

Q: Who are your favorite professional sports teams?
A: I like the Baltimore Ravens and the Boston Bruins. I have some family ties back east and I really like Ray Lewis.

Q: Is there any athlete that you look up to or try to model your game after?
A: I try to model my game after Christian Yount, the long snapper for the Cleveland Browns. I also like Zdeno Chara, a defenseman for the Boston Bruins.

Q: If you weren’t a football player, what sport would you be playing?
A: It would have to be hockey. I played until sophomore year of high school.

Q: What was it like growing up in Alaska?
A: Long, dark, winter nights. No, just kidding, it was great. I did a lot of outdoor stuff and there was good football. I grew up in a close-knit community.

Q: Have you been able to get in contact with former long snapper Aaron Brewer?
A: I haven’t talked to him yet but I just added him on Facebook. We were both coached by long snapping coach Chris Rubio. Rubio has connections with SDSU because of Aaron and also because he played with Coach White at UCLA. 

by Hunter Hewitt

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Meet the Aztecs: Q&A with Malcolm Jackson

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The eighth in a daily series of Q&A’s with the 2012 signing class.

Malcolm Jackson is a 6-foot-3, 255-pound defensive lineman from Spring Valley, Calif. A local product, Jackson played on both sides at nearby Mount Miguel High School. San Diego State hopes Jackson and other local commits will help with the process of building a “recruiting fence” around San Diego. Ideally, local talent will want to follow Jackson’s footsteps and stay close to home by attending SDSU.

A solid athlete, Jackson has the versatility to play both defensive end and defensive tackle. He will likely work both positions early on in training camp until the coaches decide where he fits best. He will wear No. 93 for the Aztecs.

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Q: Why did you choose SDSU?
A: It’s close to home and it’s an upcoming program. We are moving to the Big East and I want to be a part of the tradition here. 

Q: How were the summer workouts for you?
A: At first they were really difficult, but I’m starting to get used to it all.

Q: Have you picked your major yet?
A: I’m majoring in Hospitality and Tourism.

Q: What are you most excited for leading up to your first semester at San Diego State?
A: I’m looking forward to hopefully getting a chance to play in a game.

Q: What do you like to do during your spare time?
A: I like long walks on the beach.

Q: Who are your favorite professional sports teams?
A: I like the Miami Dolphins. They’re the best team in the NFL. Ever since I was six years old I have liked them. I was playing Madden and I liked using Ricky Williams so I always played with them.

Q: Is there any athlete that you look up to or try to model your game after?
A: At first it was Joey Porter until he retired. Now I like Cameron Wake.

Q: If you weren’t a football player, what sport would you be playing?
A: Is chess considered a sport? I think I would be a chess player.

Q: Since you are from San Diego, what is your favorite thing about the city?
A: I like going to restaurants and movies.

Q: What is your most memorable sports moment from high school?
A: In my game against Point Loma I got a fumble recovery and scrambled for 36 yards and led to a touchdown that play.

by Hunter Hewitt

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