March 11, 2010

Lake Orion safety Alex Fine has all the makings of a sleeper

Central Michigan figures to make a major impact in their home state in the 2011 class behind a strong recruiting staff and the in-state priorities of head coach Dan Enos. One intriguing prospect hails from traditional power Lake Orion in defensive back Alex Fine. Fine didn't play much as a junior, but it had nothing to do with his playing ability.

"I transferred from Cincinnati Moeller because of my father's job," said Fine. "They wouldn't let me play until like the final three games because of that, but everything is good for my senior season."

At 6-foot-1 and 185 pounds, Fine is being recruited as both a corner and safety. He played some wide receiver while at Cincinnati Moeller and corner last season for Lake Orion when he became eligible, but his future is likely at safety.

"You can put me at corner or safety," added Fine. "I like to be physical and jam receivers at the line. Basically, I love to hit and I don't think anybody is going to out work me. I'm working out after school everyday and just trying to improve myself as a player."

Iowa State, Central Michigan, Ohio, Michigan State and Michigan are the programs showing him the most interest right now, and Fine plans on heading to the Wolverines upcoming Junior Day. Recently, Fine was up in Mount Pleasant for the Chippewas Junior Day festivities and he's also been to a few CMU football games.

"Loved it," said Fine about his visit to CMU. "It was great, I got to meet some of the coaches and they were great. I was able to tour the facilities and watch the basketball game, everything was really nice and I had a great time."

Despite some impressive visits to CMU and other schools, Fine is no where near naming a leader.

"Everyone is equal right now, I don't have any favorites or anything. Location is not a problem with me at all and I plan on getting together with Coach (Chris) Bell to find out what schools I want to set visits up to and everything.

Like many of the top players in the state, Fine will be attending the MichiganPreps Combine on March 21st and will have the opportunity to make a name for himself after having to sit out most of his junior season due to transfer rules. When he was eligible to play, he was even delegated to wearing jersey number 98 because it was the only number Lake Orion had available when he transferred. Next season should see a lot more stability for Fine, and he has all the makings of a top in-state sleeper.

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