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Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Alvin Scioneaux, LB, Wofford

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Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Alvin Scioneaux, LB, Wofford 

Alvin Scioneaux might be one of the most underrated players in the FCS.  People seem to pass on this kid, but his stats do not lie.  He was a force against the South Carolina Gamecocks and was a force all year. Alvin finished the year on the Buck Buchanan Award list, and First team All-SoCon. The 6’2, 230 pound linebacker is a force off the edge, he has the ability to get to the quarterback and wreak havoc.
How many teams were recruiting you out of high school?
A few, mostly patriot league schools like Bucknell, Georgetown, Holy Cross, and smaller schools in Louisiana like Nichols St., Northwestern, Southern, and Grambling. I only received a full scholarship from 3 of those schools however.
Where did you choose and why?
Wofford because out of all the schools, they possessed the best combination of academics and athletics with an avg incoming SAT score of around 1300 and they won the southern conference championship a couple years before I graduated high school.
What were your goals for your senior year?
My senior season, I had team goals of a conference and national championship like every year.  My individual goal was to become a better student of the game in the film room. Things like the Buck Buchanan award, all-conference, and all-american are great but they don’t help me become a better player.
Have any scouts met with you, and if so what are they saying?
I talked with some scouts, and they mostly have said for me to keep working hard.
At your position, what separates you from the others?
I would have to say my well-rounded game.  I can rush the passer with the best of them, cover with the best of them, tackle with the best of them, etc.
Tell us what you look for when breaking down film?
I look for small tendencies like any motion on the snap that would give it away or footwork at the snap that I can take advantage of or a favorite move/play when put in certain situations.
Who was the toughest player you have ever faced?
Furman’s tackle Dakota Dozier was pretty good even though he was holding me for dear life, I liked that match up against him because he challenged me. Conor Shaw at South Carolina is good too with him being so elusive while running for his life, he is a guy that can turn a loss into a first down. There are plenty of tough players out there but those are two that stand out at the moment.
If you could compare your play to one person in the NFL who would it be?
I don’t like comparing myself to others but I once read that someone else compared me to being a smaller version of Aldon Smith. I guess I can take that one.
What was the biggest obstacle in your life you had to overcome, and how did you overcome it?
Right now I’ll have to say the biggest is the one that stands right in front of me. The obstacle of different NFL team’s scouts/representatives thinking that I am a below average football player coming from a below average football school in a below average FCS level of football. I guess we will have to wait and see how I overcome that.
What system fits your style of play the best? 
I like the 3-4 scheme, what I played in high school and college.
What is your biggest strength?
I’m working for it to be everything.
What is your biggest weakness?
I’m working for it to be nothing.
If I were a GM and gave you a second to sell yourself, what would you say?
That hard work and persistence along with some blessings can get you anywhere in life and I happen to have the first two along with a God capable of the third.
Growing up, who was your role model?
My role models are my parents, they instilled everything in me that has gotten me to the point where I am now.
Who was your favorite team and player in the NFL and why? 
Being that I was born and raised in St. John, Louisiana, I like the home team of the Saints. I also like all the great LBs like Ray Lewis and Patrick Willis because they are where I want to get.
What was the most tragic event that ever happened in your life and how did you overcome it?
Cousins/family members that have passed away, I work to attain success for them.
If you were to have dinner with three people dead or alive who would it be?
I would like those to be MLK Jr, Albert Einstein, and Jesus of Nazareth to learn and be amazed.
With your first paycheck what would you buy?
I wouldn’t buy anything, I would put it in a safe place to remind myself of where I started.

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