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### Preview: 4-Star Linebacker Tarvos Alford Analyzes Top Five College Choices

Decision day is approaching for a highly-rated four-star linebacker from Vero Beach, Port Saint Lucie, Florida. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound athlete will reveal his college commitment on March 30, choosing among several schools.

In a recent interview with On3’s Phillip Dukes, the linebacker expressed his versatility and readiness to contribute to his future college team. He emphasized his ability to excel in various aspects of the game, from defending against the run to covering receivers and blitzing the quarterback.

Ranked as the No. 72 prospect overall and the No. 8 linebacker in the 2025 recruiting cycle, he is also considered the ninth best player in Florida according to a composite ranking that combines assessments from multiple recruiting sources.

The player made it clear that the school he selects will gain a dedicated and versatile athlete who is not only a standout on the field but also a leader and hard worker off the field. He highlighted his willingness to play any position necessary to benefit the team.

Discussing his finalists, the linebacker shared insights into his relationships with the coaching staff at each school:

  • Ohio State: He praised Coach James Laurinaitis and expressed his belief that the program’s history of producing top linebackers could provide him with a platform to leave his mark.

  • Miami: With strong family ties to the city and the university, he sees Miami as a special opportunity to represent his hometown and receive unwavering support from his loved ones.

  • UCF: He sees the chance to make history at UCF and aims to be remembered as a player who helped elevate the program to new heights.

  • Tennessee: The player values the coaching style at Tennessee, particularly appreciating the attention to detail and emphasis on fundamentals that he believes will help him excel.

  • Florida State: His connection with the coaching staff at Florida State, particularly Coach Randy Shannon and Coach Mike Norvell, makes him feel at home and valued as part of a close-knit community.

As the linebacker prepares to announce his decision, his words reflect a deep commitment to excellence both on and off the field, embodying the qualities of a true team player and leader.