- Last Updated: 2:56 AM, June 13, 2012
- Posted: 1:59 AM, June 12, 2012
Offensive linemen aren’t made at a young age -- they are molded in a very short time.
“You never see little kids pushing a sled or doing linemen drills,” Archbishop Stepinac senior Christos Aloizos said.
He was no different.
The offensive tackle honed his craft at the White Plains school in a short time and will get the chance to play Division I-AA football at Western Illinois after committing to the Missouri Valley Conference school over the weekend. The 6-foot-4, 305-pound Aloizos picked them over Maine, Towson, Appalachian State and Louisiana Tech. He was part of a Crusaders team that reached its first ever CHSFL Class AAA title game last season and won the league’s ‘AA’ crown the year prior in unbeaten fashion.
“Now-a-days with all the zone blocking schemes it does not come natural to be a good lineman.” Stepinac coach Mike O’Donnell said. “ It takes dedication and hard work. A player must be smart. Chris worked very hard in the last few years to get better each day.”
Aloizos, who is hoping to earn a scholarship as a sophomore, said he fell in love with the area during his visit two weeks ago. He immediately developed a connection with first-year offensive line coach Jason Eck, who is part of many new faces on head coach Mark Hendrickson’s staff. There is a possibility he could start right away for Western Illinois, which went 2-9 overall last season. Aloizos is interested in studying graphic design and will do so through the school’s graphic communications and studio arts programs.
“It was just so beautiful there,” he said. “The campus is amazing. The area around it is beautiful. The coaching staff I love. They showed a lot of love to me.”
Being a Division I athlete is something that runs in the Aloizos family. His sister Kyra was a star forward at Archbishop Molloy and currently plays women’s basketball at Binghamton. He is part of a loaded senior class at Stepinac. The Crusaders have seven kids heading to Division I schools next season.
“It's a great honor to play with those guys,” Aloizos said
He was part of one of the CHSFL’s best offensive lines that blocked for bruising fullback Caleb Gilligan-Evans, scrambling quarterback Mark White and running back Lance Ladson. The Crusaders featured two of the CHSFL AAA’s top 10 rushers in Gilligan-Evans and White. Aloizos' work ethic helped him be a major part of that ground attack and landed him at a program where he believes he can excel.
“Chris worked very hard the last few years in the weight room to improve his ability,” O’Donnell said. “He was given the God-given size and he continued to work to get his shot at playing at a Division 1-AA level. Getting on the field at that level will take continued hard work and sacrifice.”Follow @NYPostsports