Deshauwn Alleyne is one of the best players from the Port St. Lucie, FL area in the Class of 2019.
The 6-foot, 200-pound Alleyne, who attends Centennial High School, is a dynamic player that works as a middle linebacker.
Alleyne has earned plenty of accolades during his outstanding career such as winning MVP on the JV team last season.
Alleyne is humbled by recognition he’s received.
“They mean a lot to me but it reminds me to keep going hard and never stop no matter what game or situation,” Alleyne said. “That’s what my motto is. I won’t settle for less. I want to get improve every day and have a great football career.”
No matter the opponent, on each snap Alleyne is determined to give it his all.
Alleyne is going all out.
The motor is always at full throttle whenever Alleyne steps between the lines.
“My mindset at my position is to locate the ball and read pass or run and react,” Alleyne said. “I want my opponent to have to earn everything they get. I refuse to give anything less than my all.”
Alleyne has great passion and energy whenever he’s on the gridiron. Alleyne tells why he enjoys the game of football so much.
“I love how physical it gets on the field and that I can use football to express those emotions in a positive way through hitting people,” Alleyne said. “I love the brotherhood I have with my teammates and hearing everyone cheer in the stands when we make make big plays.”
Alleyne has learned many valuable lessons from playing football that he applies to his everyday life.
The main one is applying perspective to all situations.
“Playing football has taught so much about life in general,” Alleyne said. “Football has taught that you have to fight for everything and nothing is ever given to you.”
Alleyne calls his favorite football memory.
“My favorite memory is when I knocked the running back’s helmet off,” Alleyne said. “Our fans got so hyped when I did that and it really pumped me up.”
Codi Vick is in his second season coaching Alleyne for Centennial High School.
Vick explains the best parts of Alleyne’s game.
“The best part of his game is that he’s physical. He sees the play and makes the play. He has terrific instincts,” Vick said. “With him being so young and to be in his first year starting on varsity, it says a lot about his ability. He’s just a playmaker. He’s still learning how to play but he’s aggressive.”
Alleyne takes his role as one of the leaders on the team very seriously. Alleyne makes sure he’s a daily positive influence on his peers.
“I demonstrate being a good teammate by being the role model for the rest of the players to look up. I always go 100,” Alleyne said. “The best advice I give to my teammates is to respect the coaches because they have a lot of knowledge.”
Vick adds that Alleyne is one of those consummate teammates that every squad needs to be successful.
“He’s a lead by example type of player. With him being so young, he’s not very vocal yet but guys listen when he talks because of his approach to the game,” Vick said. “He’s surrounded by juniors and seniors in the linebacker room and those guys respect him.”
Alleyne is appreciative of having amazing male role models that are supportive.
“I’ve learned many things from my coaches about being a better player and person,” Alleyne said. “I’ve learned to just do your job and do it to the best of your abilities. If you do that, everything else will take care of itself.”
Vick is an advocate of Alleyne’s capabilities.
“In our spring game he was in the open field with the quarterback and he knocked him out,” Vick said. “He saw a slant and he knocked it out. For this being his first game as a starter, it was eye-opening to what kind of season he can have.”
In addition to making clutch plays, Alleyne also has a high level of football IQ as well.
Alleyne has excellent football awareness that puts him in position to thrive.
“He shows his football IQ through his ability to not have to be told anything twice,” Vick said. “Whenever we tell him something he absorbs it and demonstrates it on the next play. He’s constantly learning and won’t make the same mistake multiple times.”
Alleyne is on the grind to perfect and hone his craft in any way possible.
“He’s a very hard worker. He’s here early and leaves late every day,” Vick said. “He takes the bags out for the linebackers every day and he’s a starter. That’s not mandatory but he looks at it as his job. That shows his humility. He also plays on special teams. He’s the kind of kid that’s going to give you everything he has and you never have to ask for it.”
Vick explains why he believes Alleyne is similar to this player.
“I see as a Luke Kuechly type of player,” Vick said. “He’s a leader and he makes all the big plays that our team needs just like him.”
Alleyne is constantly striving for greatness in everything that he does.
“My goals are to be success in all that I do on and off the field,” Alleyne said. “I want to make my family proud of me with everything I do as a player and a person.”
Before the pros, Alleyne dreams of being the next great Florida Gator.
“Growing up I always loved the Gators because I’m from Gainesville,” Alleyne said. “I would love to play at The Swamp and continue that tradition of excellence.”
Alleyne lists science as his favorite subject in school.
“I’ve always been interested with the world around me” Alleyne said. “Science is very important to the real world.”
Vick outlines the next areas of improvement for Alleyne.
“Just to get bigger, faster and stronger,” Vick said. “But he’s still young and all of those things come with age. He’s definitely on the right path right now. He’s ahead of schedule as a sophomore starting on varsity at an 8A school in Florida. I look forward to witnessing him taking these next steps.”
Vick believes the sky is the limit as long as Alleyne continues to stay hungry.
“He’s going to be a big time Division I football player,” Vick said. “As long as he works hard he’s going to be able to play at any school he wants.”
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