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Robert Alfonso Jr.

Robert Alfonso Jr.

Recruiting Director: Queens, New York

My name is Robert Alfonso Jr. I am from Queens, NY. My passion has always been around sports and helping others achieve their dreams. I grew up playing all sports but focused primarily on baseball and basketball. As a two-sport athlete through high school, I was afforded the opportunity to play basketball at Queens borough Community College and Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, NY earning a degree in Mass Communication, 1997.

Upon graduation, sports went from just a passion to a career. I worked as a sports reporter for several publications covering high school, college and professional sports. Some of my duties included the recruitment of athletes who went on to play for NCAA programs in the Division I, II, III, NAIA and JUCO level in North Carolina for all sports from 1999 to 2004. In Atlanta, Georgia I continued to build my network and responsibilities in covering prospective college athletes from 2004 to 2006.

I went on to teaching and coaching boys and girls basketball at Johnson (Gainesville, GA) High School, Flowery Branch High School and East Hall High School. I also coached boy’s soccer at Flowery Branch. All between 2007-2012.  During that time, I also helped start a basketball website which focused on athletes in Georgia and then the Southeast. I then came back to the New York region to coach a boy’s travel team.

The reason I decided to join Woods Recruiting to help student-athletes earn
college scholarships.

Sydney Brock

Sydney Brock: Small Forward,  5 ‘9″, 190 lbs.

Class of 2018 at C.E. Ellison in Killeen, Texas

GPA: 3.2
SAT: 1050
ACT: 21
Potential Major:  Sports Psychology

Recruiting Intangibles:

Final Thoughts:
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Sydney truly exemplifies what a student-athlete can be for your program.  In the classroom, she tackles her academics with the same determination that she has on the basketball court.  She is a threat inside and outside.  Sydney knows exactly what to do on the floor, just watch her work. Sydney also has a few things to let you know about her:

I am between a wing and small forward. I mostly play the four to cause mismatches on the floor because I can face-up and shoot or use my strength to make a strong move. I play defense well on the perimeter and inside the paint, I rebound well and can push the ball up the floor to help the guards when they have too much pressure.

I want to play in college because I would be a first-generation college athlete and I want to learn and reach a new level with my game. My teammates would describe me as a leader and positive person. I do not believe that negativity should be given a chance to thrive within a team.

My best games have been when I had a complete game on the offensive and defensive side. My best games cause my teammates around me to have their best games leading to everyone having fun on and off court cheering each other.  My dream school is one where the coaches and team make me feel like family.

I not only want to play in a system that fits my style, but one that challenges me to improve my game. I want to know that my coach believes that each player must earn her spot, daily. I want to find my home away from home.

Rob Stewart

Rob Stewart

College Scout

Webster, Massachusetts

I played several youth sports growing up; baseball, football, volleyball and even got into rock climbing for a few years. Although I was an athletic teenager I never had the opportunity to attend college because of our financial situation. This is one of the main reasons why I want to help student athletes fulfill their dreams of playing in college. I feel that nobody should have to give up their dream because of money.

When my oldest son started playing soccer at the age of 5, I could already see how much he really enjoyed it so I got involved and taught myself the game. Fast forward 13 years…..

I have been actively coaching soccer for the last 13 years and have spent 11 years on our league’s board of directors (the last three as president). I coached players from U6 through high school, seniors in the fall, winter and spring. I’ve been an assistant coach for three youth teams winning division one league titles and made three appearances in the Massachusetts Tournament of Champions.

I have also volunteered my time the last few years filming all of our high school varsity games to give these players an opportunity at creating great highlight videos for college recruitment. I am willing to do whatever it takes to help these student athletes fulfill their dreams!

Todd Clough

Todd Clough

Recruiting Director:  Alabama

I have lived in Alabama my entire life except for the six years I served in the military. I was very blessed to have played football and baseball my whole life, excelling in both. I played at a larger high school in Alabama where I currently work with players and coaches in different areas now some 30 years later.

While I was in high school I was All-County and All-Area Defensive Back and a wide receiver and I played shortstop in baseball. I had the opportunity to play baseball at the next level and I was very grateful to do so. After my two years at a JUCO community college, I joined the military to challenge myself and also meet people from all over the world.

In 2012 I formed Varsity Ministries, a ministry that raises money and support for young women and men who want to play sports but may not have the money. The candidates must meet certain qualifications in order to get the help they need. We also share the Word of God with high school students and college students across the state and others, also.

I have been involved in coaching for over twenty years and have had the opportunity to be around some of the best athletes in Alabama. I have coached travel teams and AAU teams for several years and also been part of four football state championships.

I want to see young women and men go to the next level and I will do all I can to help you get where you want to be.

I have been married for twenty two years and we have one daughter in college majoring in physical education and my wife is an elementary school principal. I look forward to being part of Woods Recruiting and seeing the athletes get what they deserve through hard work.

Destiny Pemberton

Destiny Pemberton:  SG 5’8” 145lbs. Class of 2020

Harker Heights High School in Killeen, Texas
Academics:  GPA: 4.0
Potential Major: Biology

Destiny is a versatile player with good court vision and a high basketball IQ. She knows how to create space on the floor, with and without the ball in her hands.   Defensively, she reads the floor like a football defensive back which leads to creating plays for her teammates. She can play in a system that requires man to man defensive skills and possesses good lateral movement defensively (keeps ball-handler in front of her). Offensively, she can shoot from three point range and can finish at the rim.

Destiny loves the game of basketball and does not want to stop after high school. She has always loved being a student athlete and dreams of playing in college.  This has been a goal of hers since she started playing basketball in the 7th grade.

Destiny is a play-maker and a leader. If you need clarification, you can ask her coaches and teammates. Destiny was asked about her best game and she said, “The best game I played was very high energy and fast-paced. My teammates and I were all in sync and the ball was distributed well. I got 15 points and 7 assists. It seemed like all of my teammates were in a rhythm and scoring was across the board.”  Notice that she mentioned her teammates twice when speaking of her best game.

Destiny does not really have a dream school, but wishes to attend a school that has a good academic and athletic program.

Recruiting Intangibles:
1. Intensity
2. Energy Giver
3. Unselfish
4. Court Awareness
5. Leadership

Final Thoughts:

“She believed she could, and so she did.”

LaMar Linton

LaMar Linton

Recruiting Director:  Virginia Beach, Virginia

My name is LaMar Linton and I was born and raised in Abbeville, Louisiana. I wanted nothing more than to play sports growing up and I played every sport that my school offered. I joined the United States Army at 17 and spent most of my time serving my country. When I retired from the military I started coaching youth sports: girl’s softball, co-ed flag football, boy’s tackle football, and youth soccer.

In most of these seasons we went undefeated. It was truly a passion and a reward watching the children learn and achieve a win with their team, and even with a loss it was always a teachable moment. With over 10 years of coaching experience, my passion is getting the student athletes and their families to understand the transition into college. Also, to educate both the student athlete and his or her parents.

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