Nick Alajajian is a Rivals100 member (No. 39) and one of the top offensive tackle prospects in the nation. Alajajian, 6-4 and 278 pounds, was hoping for a big senior season. Now he just hopes to play this fall.
Alajajian is one of a few stars at Naples (Fla.) High School along with players like running back Carlos Hyde (Ohio State commitment). During fall camp, Alajajian got injured and he has still yet to suit up for Naples.
"We actually have three-a-days," Alajajian said. "It was on the second day of practice during the morning session. I went to block a linebacker and my foot got stuck in the grass and my body turned. Nothing gave and I heard and felt a pop (ankle). The doctors put two screws in there.
"I have to say it has been really tough. It was really bad at first, knowing I can't be out there to help my team. It really hurts seeing them play without me, especially it being my senior year."
It really had to be hard for Alajajian last weekend, as they lost to Monsigner Pace by one point. But things could change and change soon for Alajajian. He has rehabbed well and the ankle is responding to treatment. The nation's No. 3 offensive tackle prospect is hoping to suit up very soon with his teammates..
"I am going to the doctor next week and I hope to be back playing in two to three weeks. I believe the odds are pretty good that I will be playing again soon."
Alajajian has already taken care of the recruiting process, as he committed to the University of Florida earlier this summer. Still, it was tough for him to tell Florida coach Urban Meyer about his fractured ankle.
"It was but my dad told him. But honestly, they (the UF coaches) were real helpful and supportive. They just want to see me healthy again and to be ready to go."
Alajajian will have to be ready to go rather quickly, as he is planning to graduate in December. He has to make up for some lost time on the field and has done everything he can to keep pace.
"I have been trying to workout my upper body and do bench (press) and stuff like that. I have been on the stationary bike but it's not the same. I am a little weaker but I plan on hitting the weights hard when I get back."
Alajajian also took in his first game at the Swamp this past weekend when Florida hosted Miami.
"It was crazy and pretty loud. That was actually my first time there and it was real energetic (the stadium). The Swamp was everything I heard and better."