After one season in the state league, Toowoomba local Alec Zajacek has been invited to play gridiron for Golden West College in Orange County, California.

The 19-year-old Alec will be studying and playing for Golden West College for the next two years, with ambitions of being recruited by a major university and the National Football League. He was spotted as a key defender for the Toowoomba Valleys Vultures after winning the Club’s Rookie of the Year award last year.

At 200cm tall and 130kg, Alec is widely recognised for his dominating size and aggressive playing style, which has made him a key recruitment for Golden West College.

Alec attended Bunkers Hill State School, St Mary’s College, and Centenary Heights State High School.

Sport has always been an integral aspect of his life, starting at a young age with karate and junior cricket.

He also enjoyed multiple seasons playing junior AFL in Toowoomba and was a premiership winning player for the South Toowoomba Bombers.

In 2015, he began playing American football for the Toowoomba Valleys Vultures. Although inexperienced, Alec’s height, size, work ethic, and physical approach to play gained him many admirers.

In the 2016 season, Alec was selected as one of the men’s team’s defensive captains, playing a successful season across Defensive Tackle and Defensive End.

In November, Alec was approached by ex-National College Athletics Association (NCAA) player and Brisbane-based scout Jesse Chagolla about playing in the US junior college football system.

Alec’s offer is conditional on him being able to pay his own way, as international students in junior colleges are not eligible for a full scholarship. He is currently seeking corporate and community support to assist with college fees and living expenses.

Nick Mitchell, Gridiron coach at Golden West College, says Alec has good potential and his experience backs that up.

“Alec looks aggressive and physical and appears to have a good motor – all assets which will help make him a good football player. We are all very excited to get to Alec to Huntington Beach to play for us,” said Mitchell.

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