South Webster’s Alec Blevins, son of Ivan and Lovealee Blevins, will be joining some of the best soccer players from around the nation on the Shawnee State University (SSU) Bears Soccer Team.
Blevins explained that he started as a athlete for the South Webster jeeps years ago. After his football team lost, Blevins decided to try something different with soccer, which he has now played for eight years.
“I fell in love with it,” Blevins commented. “I like running. I like the idea of it not being a physical, even though it is physical.”
As a well rounded athletes, Blevins also plays basketball, baseball and ran track in junior high.
Blevins decided that he wanted to play for SSU last year and immediately started communicating with Bears Coach Mark Trapp. Then, this year, Blevins was offered a spot on the team.
Though he says a large part of the appeal of Shawnee it that the university is close to home, Blevins says he is also excited about the athletic and academic opportunities SSU offers.
“They’re a young soccer program, but I think they’ll be good,” Blevins stated before adding that he will be attending SSU to study premed before going on to medical school and becoming an anesthesiologist.
Jeeps Coach Corey Claxon has nothing but confidence in Blevins’ future.
“He’s just a super kid,” said Claxon.
The coach went on to explain that Blevins led the Jeeps and brought strength up front but also played hard in any position on the field.
“We relied on him just about every game,” Claxon stated. “He is a team player. Wherever we needed him, that’s what he was willing to do. I think he’s going to adjust to college well. He has the strength and speed to play there.”
It is that strength and speed that first got the attention of SSU. Trapp explained that he coaches both college and high school, working with the Clay Indians. It was as a high school coach that Trapp first met Blevins who was playing on a rival team. He was immediately impressed with Blevins’ abilities on the field.
“He’s a great player,” Trapp said. “He’s a talent that’s extremely fast and extremely knowledgeable.”
Last year, SSU graduated eight soccer players. As a result, the Bears are looking for strong athletes who can fill in for those losses. Blevins had just the skills SSU was looking for.
“Alec is not only a great athlete but a great student as well,” Trapp commented.
Blevins will be starting his freshman year at Shawnee with 28 college credits.
“He’s someone we’re definitely going to rely on. I think it will be a great transition for Alec and SSU,” Trapp explained. “Last year, he was a first team all-state, so everyone in the division has seen what he can do.”
Blevins will be joining several other talented players coming in to play at SSU including a center back from England, a player from Brazil, a goal-keeper/defender from Texas, a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) transfer and possibly a scorer from Wisconsin.
“This class coming in is really impressive,” Trapp commented.
In addition to adding several new players, Trapp stated that lights are being installed so that the soccer team can play later with a new game time of 8 p.m.
“The kids get excited to play under the lights,” said Trapp.
Reach Nikki Blankenship at 740-353-3101 ext. 1924.