Fite Ready to Make A Difference

March 20, 2001 · MT Media Relations
Incoming Blue Raider freshman Alvin Fite just might be on to something here.

You see, as Alvin gets faster and stronger and, perhaps more importantly, his natural leadership ability kicks in, his teams have a tendency to post better and better records and, subsequently fight for championships.

The history that generates that theory is unmistakable.

Take for example his sophomore year with the Hillsboro Burros. That season, as Fite began to work his way in with more and more playing time, the young, up and coming squad posted a respectable record of 6-5.

Sound familiar?

The next season, Fite helped lead his squad to a 9-3 record as he served as team captain for the first time.

Fite's senior year saw Hillsboro way-lay 13 midstate teams on their way to a No. 1 ranking and a state semi-final berth and Fite, who served as team captain that year too, named as the Class 4A Lineman of the Year. That's also when the football powers that be began to stand up and take notice of the 6-1, 215 pound fireplug.

"My senior year," says Fite, speaking in a way that commands attention, " was one of the best you could have possibly had."

And it was easy to see why.

Donning the familiar Michigan-esque Burros uniform, Fite was an instantly recognizable figure on the local newscasts and became fodder for Saturday morning newspaper stories and high school call-in talk shows.

From his position at linebacker, Fite recorded 20 or more tackles in four contests during his senior season on his way to a 180 tackle year. He also managed to recover five fumbles and force seven more.

But it didn't end there. On the offensive side of the ball, Fite, looking like the prep version of former Wolverine running back Tyrone Wheatley, was as equally devastating. As a tailback, he rushed for 1,250 yards and 12 TD's, and posted a 7.2 per carry average.

And as far as the post season accolades and awards are concerned; well, the list goes on and on.

Now, after nixing schools like Alabama, Arkansas, Louisville and Kentucky in favor of MT, Fite, who in all likelihood end up on the defensive side of the ball for the Blue Raiders, says he's anxious to learn about football at the next level.

"I know it will be a big challenge," he admits. "I've seen them practice a couple of times this spring and the game moves a whole faster there than it does in high school. But I think I'm up for that challenge and hope to achieve some of the same success in college that I had in high school."

As far as a career choice is concerned, Fite says he's not sure what sort of major he wants to choose but admits he'll study something that leans toward his natural strengths.

"I think I want to get into something like communications or counseling," he says. "That's something I've always enjoyed; helping out the younger guys on the team."

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